Obituaries
     
   
     

Kay E. Snyder

May 18, 1937 - April 22, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Kay was born in Sturgis, SD, on May 18, 1937. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1955. She earned an Associate Elementary Education Degree from Black Hills State College and taught 1 year at Igloo, SD. Kay was a substitute teacher for many years. She loved music and shared her passion for the piano by giving private lessons for 17 years. For many years, she played the organ at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Family, faith, and friends were of the utmost importance in her life.
Kay married Dean Snyder in 1958. Together, they had two children. Her son, Ken, lives on the family ranch. Her daughter, Sherroll, is an accountant and lives near Sturgis.
Kay was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends in their ranch home. Kay also loved to travel, sketching detailed itineraries of the routes and sites. She especially enjoyed including the grandchildren in the travel plans.
Kay was a self-admitted "clipper/saver" of newspaper and magazine articles! However, she was a very organized saver leaving behind numerous files of her clipped treasures. She developed hand written paper spreadsheets of ranch income and expenses before people commonly used spreadsheets. She presented workshops on organizing ranch and personal records before the popularity of computerized record keeping.
Kay loved community engagement. Her organizational skills often led to her attaining leadership roles in activities she participated in. She was active in the Sturgis United Methodist Church. Kay served as the first female lay board president of the SD United Methodist Foundation. She was proud of tracing her family tree to a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as Chapter and State Regent. Kay was an active advocate for agriculture. She was a member of South Dakota CattleWomen for over 40 years. She was SDCW president in 1991. In 2000, she was president of the American National CattleWomen. She also served as Treasurer of the American National CattleWomen Foundation. She participated in and held offices in many local/state organizations including 4-H, Meade County Farm Bureau, Toastmistress, Church Women United, Federated Women's Literary Club, Order of the Eastern Star, and Republican Women. Kay was on the Board of Directors for the Black Hills Playhouse, SD 4-H Foundation, and was a member of SDSU Agricultural Advisory Committee.
Kay was the recipient of many awards and recognitions including the SD Honored Homemaker Award at SDSU, Outstanding Farm Bureau Woman in SD, Valiant Woman Award (SD Church Women United), Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year, and Outstanding Volunteer Leader (SD General Federation Women's Club).
Kay Elizabeth (Schryvers) Snyder, an area ranch wife and homemaker, passed away April 22, 2018.
Kay is survived by her husband, Dean; her sister, Marilyn Asher; son, Ken (Ronda) Snyder; daughter, Sherroll (Howard) Scow; six grandchildren, Bailey Collins, Andrew (Tacy) Snyder, Daniel Snyder, Michael Snyder, Casey Scow, and Hannah Scow.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Len and Doris Schryvers, and her sister, Shirley, who passed away 20 years ago to the day as Kay.
Kay battled cognitive dementia for several years eventually succumbing to its ugliness. She had loving caregivers who affectionately addressed her as "Miss Kay." She was a strong person in life and very strong in death.
Hard roads lead to beautiful places. Rest in Peace, Mom…Nanny…Kay.
Visitation will be Friday, April 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Meade County 4-H Event Center Building or the United Methodist Church in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Joelane Elizabeth Lindberg

June 28, 1969 - April 17, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018

 

Joelane was born June 28, 1969, to Joel and Katheryn (Boose) Lindberg in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.
Her interest were helping out and donating to numerous foundations and her passion was traveling around the world to experience as many cultures as she could.
Joelane graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor in Computer Programming in 1991. She also graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Master’s in Computer Programming.
Joelane served 21 years with the U.S. Air Force as a Captain and was honorably discharged.
She was currently working at the Department of Affairs Veterans Administration Medical Center in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Joelane Elizabeth Lindberg, 48, of Sturgis died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Department of Affairs Fort Meade Medical Center at Fort Meade, SD.
Joelane is survived by her brother, Rob (Pam) Lindberg of Fort Knox, KY.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Katheryn Lindberg.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Baer officiating. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Leland "Sonny" Bostrom

January 1, 1939 - April 17, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018

 

Leland “Sonny” Bostrom, 79, died April 17, 2018, while at the nursing home in Sturgis, SD. Leland battled many years of pain, caused from a severe stroke in 2002 that left him with permanent nerve damage. With the loving care and attention provided by his wife, Dorothy, he was able to spend the majority of those years at home, enjoying time with his family. Leland is now free of his pain.
Leland was born January 1, 1939, in Sidney, MT. He proudly served 3 years in the United States Marine Corp. After the Marines, he married Dorothy, and they moved to North Dakota. Leland enjoyed fishing, playing cards, bowling, and telling a good joke. He was a very hard worker and an excellent provider for his family. He farmed for quite a few years, but eventually found work in the oilfield, where he stayed until his stroke forced him into early retirement. Leland and Dorothy moved to Sturgis in 2013. It was a huge change for them, after 50 years in North Dakota, but turned out to be a blessing. Leland was able to obtain better healthcare within the region and had loving family members nearby. Leland was a kindhearted man that cared deeply for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy; his daughters, Laurie, Terry, and Susan (John); his grandchildren, Amanda, Laurel, and Austin; his siblings, Gail, Orlon (Bobbi), Keith (Paula), and Charlotte (Bruce); and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Anna; sister, Sharon; step-son, Bob; and grandson, Adam.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Nick Haasch officiating.

 

     
   
     

Lyle Aldean Delbridge

September 10, 1955 - April 13, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 Tuesday April 17, 2018

 

Lyle Aldean Delbridge was born September 10, 1955, in Sturgis to David "Ernest" and Viola Mae (Kellogg) Delbridge. He grew up on the family ranch at Howes, SD. He learned at an early age the value of hard work and a good horse. His strong work ethic stayed with him throughout his entire life.
Lyle attended first and second grades in Sturgis while his mom was staying with his older sibling during their high school days. He then attended Plainview School from third through eighth grades. He graduated with honors from Sturgis Brown High School in 1973.
Lyle worked for Sturgis Livestock Auction and Chet, Vera, and Larry Walker, before taking a job with M&M Construction in Rapid City, building fences. He continued this job until the summer of 1976.
On June 14, 1975, Lyle married his high school sweetheart, Juanita Simons. The couple resided in Rapid City until the summer of 1976 when the opportunity arose to move to his maternal grandfather's ranch. He took great pride in working the ranch that was his grandfather's homestead.
Lyle was a member of the Howes Grazing Association. He served many terms on the board of directors. Several terms he served as president of the board.
If you asked him what his greatest accomplishment was, he would tell you his family. The couple was blessed with four children; Kendra, Shane, Chet, and Kelsey.
He enjoyed watching his children grow into adulthood, spending many hours teaching them the value of a hard day's work, and developing "Bleacher Butt" at their sporting events! Most of the family vacations were going to different sporting events. If he was unable to attend, he would send them off with a smile and words of encouragement. He would watch the videos of their competitions over and over.
As the kids grew up and married, grandkids came into his life. He loved spending time with them. In short order, sporting events again became a regular occurrence. He decided that bleachers hadn't gotten any softer.
Lyle fought courageously against pancreatic cancer. He won several major battles but was unable to win the war. Lyle, 62, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 13, 2018, at his ranch near Union Center.
Lyle will be missed greatly by his family and friends. Anyone that knew him, knew he enjoyed having a good time. His smile matched his size, and his laugh could fill the entire room. God blessed us immensely with Lyle's love.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Juanita; his children and their spouses (whom he also considered his children), Kendra and Justin Hanks, New Underwood, Shane and Randi Delbridge, Sturgis, Chet and Emily Delbridge, Brookings, and Kelsey and MSgt. Willy Dominguez, Box Elder; grandchildren, Jae, Karie, and Jarren Hanks, Connor, Dillon, and Adalynn Delbridge, Clara and Ty Delbridge, Tucker Paris, and Cristian, Aziah, and Joey Dominguez; siblings, Arnold (Camille) Delbridge, Cedar Falls, IA, Sandra Cox, Jefferson, OR, Harold (Debbie) Delbridge, Phillip, Norman (Susan) Delbridge, Faith, and Paul (Debbie) Delbridge, Howes; mother and father-in-law, Vern and Rosalie Simons, Sturgis; aunt, Blanche Kellogg, Riverton, WY; uncle, Leo Harris, Little Rock, AR; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd; parents, Ernest and Viola; brother-in-law, Gary Cox; nephew, Troy Cox; nephew-in-law, Scott Sandquist; sister-in-law, Karen Delbridge; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center.
Memorials have been established to the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center and the Enning Volunteer Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

David Eugene Relf

April 2, 1954 - March 21, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018

 

David Eugene was born unto Tom and Bonnie Relf in Rapid City, SD, on April 2, 1954. As a little boy with boundless energy and enthusiasm, he excelled at baseball and spent every summer of his youth playing in the Pony League and Little League games. He participated in Track at North Junior High and won many medals. As a teenager, he enjoyed the car races and worked with the Pit Crew for his cousin, Bob Baumberger at the Black Hills Speedway until he enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1972. He was proud to be a sailor and serve aboard the USS Enterprise as an Administrative Specialist Clerk; and received the Vietnam Service Medal as well as the National Defense Service Medal.
He returned to Rapid City and married his high school sweetheart, Teri Allard. They built a home together and enjoyed raising their two sons, Tommy and Nick.
Dave inherited his father Tom’s artistic talents and carpentry skills and the two of them worked alongside each other for many years building houses. It was a skill they passed on to David’s sons which gave them both a great deal of pride.
Dave and Teri remained close friends and devoted parents even after their divorce and were especially active in the lives of their two little grandsons, Vander and Gage, who gave them so much joy. Dave loved being a grandpa spending time with them.
He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and always looked forward to attending the Sturgis Rally.
Dave was a proud and protective big brother to Darla Kaye and Mike and was blessed to spend the last month of his life in the loving care of his devoted mom and sister along with his family in Watertown, SD. A special time for all of them…
He will be buried at the National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD, in May, surrounded by his immediate family. We will fondly reminisce about his antics and celebrate the life of an incredible man. Above all else, we will remember his unique sense of humor. If Dave loved you, he teased you and we loved him in return for always making us laugh. He will be missed by all of us who knew him, including his sweet, Aunt Shirley, whom he shared a special bond with.
“See Ya’ Later, Dude…” was Dave’s classic goodbye.
David is survived by his two sons, Tom (Shannon) Relf and Nick Relf of Rapid City, SD; mother, Bonnie Relf, and his sister, Darla Gilman, of Watertown, SD; and brother, Dr. Michael Relf and Shawn McKenna of Raleigh, NC. He was a wonderful uncle to Dacia Oaks, Dustin Gilman, and great-uncle to Avery and Alexis Oaks of Watertown, SD.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Relf; paternal grandparents, Edward and Elsie Relf; and maternal grandparents, Dick and Della Klinetobe. His dad, beloved uncle, Lloyd, and dear cousin, Buddy, as well as many others surely greeted him with joy upon his arrival at heaven’s gate.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

John M. Reed

September 18, 1937 - January 28, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018

 

John was born on September 18, 1937, in Gary, IN, to Vance and Madeline Reed. He grew up in IN and was an alumnus of Indiana University, where he majored in Chemistry before entering the Air Force in 1961.
John began his Air Force career at Harlingen, TX. After completing Undergraduate Navigator Training, he was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB, NY, flying KC-97s. He participated in the Cuban Crisis securing planes safely in Greenland. Flying KC-135s, he was stationed at March AFB, CA, traveling to Thailand and Okinawa where he flew in and around Vietnam providing air refueling support for aircraft flying missions over North Vietnam. In 1972, he was stationed at DaNang AB in Vietnam where he flew “Gooney Birds”, the EC-47, on reconnaissance missions.
He was stationed at RAF Mildenhall, UK in the 10th ACCS flying EC-135s. Before returning to the states, he was Chief of the Command Post at Mildenhall where they tracked all US flights that took off from every command in Europe. He was the navigator on Standard/Evaluation at each AFB where he was stationed, and he particularly enjoyed supporting and educating new navigators to the squadrons. His navigational skills were unprecedented and praised by generals, pilots, navigators and others which earned him the nickname of “Magellan.” He loved statistics and noted how many sorties and air refueling missions he had flown and even how much fuel he had transferred in his career. He retired from the Air Force in 1989 after serving in the 4th ACCS at Ellsworth AFB, SD.
Retired Lt. Colonel John Morgan Reed passed away on January 28, 2018, at the age of 80.
Described as “quietly proud,” John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Biff; his daughter, Shawn; his son-in-law, Steve; his sisters, Janet and Sandy; his grandchildren, McKenzie and Will; and countless caring family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. Military honors will be by the Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Donald Earl Simmons

October 5, 1961 - March 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018

 


Donald Earl Simmons, 57, Rapid City, passed away March 26, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He was born October 5, 1961, in Rapid City, SD, to Donald L. and Alta R. (Jensen) Simmons. Donald attended White Eagle School and Douglas school system.
Donald is survived by his father, Donald L. Simmons; a brother; sisters; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Alta R. Simmons.
Celebration of life will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the First Church Of God, 706 East Monroe Street in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

William J. Landon

June 23, 1939 - March 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Friday, March 30, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Bill lived an interesting and varied life. He was born in a small town in rural South Dakota, attended a country school along with his five brothers and two sisters, and later moved to the Yankton area.
When his parents died, he moved to the Mitchell area to live with family members. As soon as possible, he joined the Marine Corp and served two tours of duty. Much of his 2nd tour was in the Middle East doing intelligence work. His passion was for the intelligence field and he held many positions related to that field. He attended law school, studied criminology, police science and forensic science among others. Bill enjoyed learning and new hobbies until the end. He was interested in drafting and architecture, fencing, art, and held a black belt in Kung Fu. He also studied for his pilot's license. He was a big fan of anything historical. Bill always enjoyed telling stories of his past experiences. He even wrote family history books and his autobiography. Bill was truly one of a kind.
William J. Landon, 78, Rapid City, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at his residence.
Bill is survived by two brothers, Douglas Scroggins, Golden Valley, AZ, and Raymond Neuharth, Boise, ID; one sister, Grace Chittick, Huntsville, AR; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helmuth and Violet Neuharth; and siblings, Milo, Elaine, and David.
Graveside services, with military honors, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Ida Mae Rounds

October 6, 1942 - March 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Ida Mae was born October 6, 1942, in Sturgis, SD, to Darrell “Buster” and Luberta Adeline (Dow) Jones.
Ida Mae married James Arlen Rounds on April 30, 1966, in Sturgis.
She graduated from high school in Belle Fouche, SD, and attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, receiving her BA in teaching. Ida Mae worked for Sitka Mental Health Clinic while living in Sitka, Alaska, for twenty years. She worked for the Albany County School District #1 at Linford Elementary.
She enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing, gardening, and camping with her family. She was a member and past worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Stars Chapter #46, the President of the Benevolent Order of Does in Laramie, an organist, secretary, and treasurer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Medicine Bow, WY, and a member of the Medicine Bow Lions Club.
Ida Mamie (nee Jones) Rounds, 75, of Laramie, died Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Hospice of Laramie.
She is survived by her husband, J. Arlen Rounds of Laramie, WY; her children, Craig Arlen Rounds (Hope Brock), John Allen Rounds (Josie), and Valerie Mae Pontillo (Victor); her grandchildren, Brock Rounds, Chase Rounds, Addison Rounds, Lyla Rounds, and Tyson Rounds. She is also survived by her brother, Bobby Jones (Aggie); and her numerous nieces and nephews.
Ida Mae is preceded in death by her parents, Luberta and Darrell Jones; her grandparents, Ida Saunders, and Mamie and Fred Dow; her brother, Dale Jones; and her niece, Gina Mack.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with the Reverend Bunker Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Red Owl, SD.
A Memorial service will also be held in Laramie at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Laramie, 1754 Centennial Drive, Laramie, WY 82070 and/or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 220 Pine St., Medicine Bow, WY 82329.

 

     
   
     

Darlene Mae Larson

April 19, 1961 - March 12, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18, 2018

 

A little bundle of Joy, Darlene Sheely, was born April 19, 1961, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Raymond and Marlene Sheely of Sturgis South Dakota.
Darlene Sheely attended grade school and high school in Sturgis, graduating in 1979. Then went on to secretarial school at South Dakota vo-tech and graduated from there in 1981.
Darlene was gifted with a beautiful voice and pursued a musical career playing Country Music in the Tri-State area. She also participated in the summer music shows at Custer, South Dakota. John Culbertson and Darlene recorded a Country Music album, "John and Darlene By Request" in Evergreen, Colorado. Four years later, Darlene recorded a Country Music album "One Dream" with Stringbean Swenson in Hermosa South Dakota.
Darlene and John also formed their own country music band "Nashville Gold." Darlene also played with country bands "Country Sunshine", "Nuttin Honey" and "The Whiskey River Band." She won “Female Vocalist of The Year” three years in a row. When she played with Whiskey River Band, they won “Band of The Year” at the Black Hills Country Music Association Show.
Darlene worked at Black Hills Gold Creations and KOTA Television and Radio station for several years. She also worked for Motel 6 as Desk Clerk and Manager.
Russell Larson and Darlene were married on February 14, 2004. After their divorce in 2008, Darlene went back to work for Motel 6 as relief Manager traveling from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.
Due to a lot of medical problems, in 2017, Darlene had to quit driving and could no longer work. She enjoyed quilting these last few years. One of the joys in her life was her traveling companions, Teddy and Heiti, her poodles.
Darlene Mae Larson died Monday, March 12, 2018 at her residence in Laurel Montana.
Darlene is survived by her sister, Cheryl Russell; parents, Raymond and Marlene Sheely; and was a second mom to her niece, Tamera (Pat) Wilcox; nephews, Steven (Tracy) Russell and Brian (TC) Russell; eight grand-nieces and nephews.
Darlene was preceded in death by her grandparents on both sides; uncles, Gary Clem, Alzada, Montana; Jack Frost, Commerce City, Colorado.
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Rev.Chip Dye officiating.
Interment will be in Keystone, South Dakota at Mt. View Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Evelyn Marguerite Douglas

November 26, 1920 - March 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2018

 

Evelyn M. Douglas was born in Nashport, Ohio, on November 26, 1920. She attended and graduated from Nashport High School where she had the honor of being the class Valedictorian. Evelyn went on to college, taking her first two years at Ohio University Branch in Zanesville, OH. Evelyn continued on to the main campus of Ohio University in Athens, OH, where she completed her degree, majoring in Home Economics with a minor in English. After teaching one year of Home Economics, Evelyn returned to Nashport, where she taught school. Her students remembered her fondly and to her dying day sent her letters.
Evelyn was married to Winston Douglas (aka Doug) while he was in the army. Just eleven days after they were married in Augusta, Georgia, he was shipped out (WWII). After returning home, they were remarried in the Nashport Methodist Church.
Evelyn and Doug lived in Zanesville, OH, for a few years before moving to Baltimore, MD. They eventually moved to South Dakota and resided in Pierre, where she worked for the State Department of Health. Evelyn had received an Honorary Award for the work she accomplished for the State Health Laboratory.
Evelyn was involved in many community organizations such as Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Gray Ladies, Pierre census taker, Cub Scouts den mother, and Bible study.
Evelyn relocated to Sturgis, SD, after her husband's illness, and lived there 16 years. She then moved in with her daughter, Vicki Bush, where Vicki and Jim provided her loving care for the remaining years of her life.
Evelyn died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at home surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Jayne and Tony Kolb, Sioux Falls, SD; James and Phyllis Douglas, Pierre, SD; Vicki and Jim Bush, Sturgis, SD; Dee and Glen Hartson, Rapid City, SD; and Karen and Joe Watson, Blunt, SD. In addition, her survivors include 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Williams, Rapid City, SD.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Doug in 2000, and her two brothers, Gerald and Gene Minnick, Nashport, Ohio.
Services will be at the Church of Christ, Sturgis, SD, on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at the church following her committal at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Leona Irene Fields

March 17, 1925 - March 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 

Leona Irene (Mooney) Fields was born March 17, 1925, at Henrietta, OK, to Floyd A. and Margaret (Byard) Mooney. As a young child, her family moved to Borger, TX, and lived there until moving to the community of Kelton, TX, where she attended grade school and graduated from Kelton High School in 1942. On September 23, 1944, she married Mooris Fields at Pampa, TX, shortly before his departure to the army during World War II. After his honorable discharge, they farmed in Gageby, TX. In 1946, they moved to Panhandle, TX, and farmed there until moving to Elm Springs, SD, in 1958 to farm and ranch. She lived there until April 2017, when she entered The Victorian Assisted Living in Rapid City, SD.
Leona was a member of the Union Center Baptist Church, serving on different committees over the years.
She took great interest and pride in their farmstead; spending many hours working in her yard, growing petunias every summer, and keeping fences and buildings painted to perfection.
Leona passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
She is survived by two sons, Wayne, Loveland, CO, and Lynn (Sandy), Elm Springs, SD; one daughter, Gayla (Bob) Parker, Lodgepole, SD; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; one sister; LaNelle Mooney of Boise, ID; one brother, Eudell Mooney of Kentucky; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mooris, in 1997; her parents; sisters, Louise Worley, Leola Mooney, and Luvene Larsen; and brothers, Olin, Eugene, and Winifred Mooney; and a baby brother in infancy.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Union Center Baptist Church. Burial will be at Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.
Memorials have been established to the Enning and Elm Springs Fire Departments.

 

     
   
     

Donald Joseph Lineback

October 31, 1952 - February 24, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

Donald Joseph Lineback was born in Rapid City, SD, on October 31, 1952, to Donald L. and June E. (Keeler) Lineback of Winner, SD. He was raised in Winner and attended school there until 1970 when the family moved to Mission, SD. He graduated from Todd County High School in 1971. Shortly after that he moved to the Black Hills area. He met Robin Schiesser in Sturgis, SD, in 1976 at the local truck stop where she worked as a waitress. He made a habit of letting her know each time he came in to have a cup of coffee, that he would ask her out “if her boyfriend wasn’t so big.” Finally, on the weekend before Labor Day in 1977, he came into the restaurant and made that same comment to her and she took him up on the invitation as the boyfriend was no longer in the picture. On Labor Day weekend, they had their second date and he asked her to marry him. They were married in Sturgis on October 31, 1977.
Don began his driving career in Winner, SD, where he drove delivering feed for his grandfather who owned the local feed store. Don loved to drive. If it was motorized, he wanted to drive it. He obtained his private pilot’s license when he was in high school and flew airplanes with his dad. He also obtained a motorcycle endorsement and rode a motorcycle when he invited Robin on their very first date. Don had a few various jobs in his life after he graduated from high school. These jobs included a short time at the Homestake mine in Lead, SD, a year working for Burlington Northern Railroad, and a couple of years on his father-in-law’s ranch near Hayes, SD. He tried to find something that would not take him away from his wife and family, but it seemed that the road always called him back and that calling was stronger than any other. During the first few years of Don and Robin’s marriage, he worked for various local trucking companies including Johnson Fuel Liners, Hlavka Excavation, Budmayr Trucking, Bradley Sodding, and Blackhawk Transport. All along, his dream was to become an owner operator.
Don began his career as an owner operator when he purchased a 1972 Kenworth cab-over in the mid 80’s and pulled a 53 foot bull rack. He hauled livestock for a few years from South Dakota to Texas and beyond. After tiring of the long hours without sleep he decided a career path change was needed and went to work pulling a flatbed. As most young truck drivers did, he longed to own the ultimate rig, which for him was a long nose Peterbilt with a Cat engine. On his quest for that goal, in 1990 he upgraded from the cab-over to a 1985 Autocar. In 1993, he traded for a 1990 Pete. Then in January of 1997 he traded for a brand new 1997 Peterbilt 379 with a 550 Cat, 18 speed transmission and 355 rears. He had finally achieved his dream. In June of that year, Don leased to Mercer Transportation in Louisville, KY, and finished his career with that company. He pulled flatbed and hauled just about anything that could be hauled on a flatbed in all 48 contiguous United States and Canada.
While Don was out soothing his wanderlust, Robin stayed in Sturgis and worked and took care of the children. From time to time, he would make a trip with one of the kids and occasionally the whole family. He always worried that he was gone too much and missed too many of the kids’ milestones and he tried hard to make up for that in the love that he shared with them when he was able to be home. Ultimately, the children grew and became stronger by seeing the dedication and work ethic that their father showed them. The time apart only proved to make the time together more important and the love stronger.
After the children were all grown, and after 23 years of being apart a good share of the time, Don and Robin decided that it was time to get to know each other all over again. In 1999, Robin attained her CDL learners permit so that she could learn to drive the Pete and go on the road with Don. To do that, she would need some drive time to be able to pass the driving test for a valid CDL license. In February of 2000, Don stopped in Sturgis and picked Robin up to go on a run with him to Seattle, WA. On the evening of the 9th of February, while in downtown Seattle to unload the escalator that he was hauling, Don suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He spent the next 4 days in ICU at Harborview Medical Center, and 5 more days in the hospital. After a month of physical therapy at home and grueling driving lessons teaching Robin to drive, he was back on the road by April 1st. After that close call, Don and Robin spent the next 17 years on the road together running as a team on the longest adventure two people could imagine. Don hauled his last load in May of 2017. Early in June, he was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. He spent the next 9 months fighting for his life. He passed away peacefully at his home in Sturgis on February 24, 2018. In life he loved well.
Don is survived by his wife, Robin; three daughters, Cherri Rolla (Conrad), Watford City, ND, Britany Mullen (Lee), Cisco, TX, and Amanda Gallipeau (Howard), Phoenix, AZ; and one son, Brian Lineback (Jill), Martinsville, IN. He is also survived by two sisters, Debra Placey (Alan), Caldwell, ID, and Rhonda Hand (Ricky), Hermosa, SD; and one brother, Kevin (Tami), Powell, WY; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Vicki; and one brother, Scott.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Chris Erickson officiating.

 

     
   
     

Edward Charles Hawks

July 19, 1953 - February 25, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018

 

By the age of four, Ed Hawks knew that he was born to be a cattleman. He fulfilled his childhood dream until he passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018, of natural causes on the ranch that he loved.
Edward Charles Hawks was born July 19, 1953, in Sturgis, SD, to Charles and Mildred Hawks. He attended first through eighth grades at Plainview School and attended and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1971. In the fall of 1971, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served most of his career in Seoul, Korea. He received an honorable discharge in the fall of 1974, and returned to the family ranch. He spent the ensuing years passionately improving his registered Hereford breed.
Ed waited patiently to find the perfect wife for him. While attending his 20 year class reunion, Ed found her in his high school classmate, Gloria LeLaCheur. In August of 1992, Ed and Gloria were united in marriage at the Presbyterian Church in Sturgis and Ed helped Gloria raise her two children, Cyndi and Bryan, as his own.
Gloria changed Ed's life by introducing him to golf, bowling, white water rafting (which he still did in blue jeans), parasailing, and lots of other travel and crazy adventures. She showed Ed that there was another world beyond the ranch. Ed changed Gloria's life by sharing his faith with her and her children. He was an active member in the Church of Christ.
Ed carried on his father's fudge making tradition and rewarded his bull buyers with a tin of fudge. Ed's fudge was a staple at the community potlucks and he was proud that his son, Bryan, is carrying on the family tradition.
Ed never complained and was always optimistic. Ed loved spending time with friends and family and especially loved his role as Papa Eddie to his two grandchildren. He recently taught his granddaughter to play Cribbage and he never got tired of spending time around the kitchen table playing cards. Ed recently discovered Facebook and would spend hours "friending" people he knew, and people he didn't.
Ed is survived by his wife, Gloria; his children, Cyndi (Matt Nelson), Sergeant Bluff, IA, and their children, Makenna and Parker, and Bryan Braley (Kyle Martinek), Omaha, NE. He is also survived by his brother, Gary (Connie), Tyndall, SD; sisters, Sue (Curtis Jones), Piedmont, SD, and Karen (Al Shade), Davis, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mildred Hawks.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge, Pastor Calvin Chapman and Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Randy Goff

November 19, 1960 - February 16, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018

 

Randy Goff was born November 19, 1960, to Frank Goff and Ida (Bryant-Goff) Tryon in Rapid City, SD. He was the 2nd of 8 children. He always enjoyed the country life. He was a proud 4-H'er and member of the Newell FFA. He enjoyed showing cattle, dairy, and horses. He was an avid agronomist. He loved haying at the Bryant place. He worked for many friends and neighbors haying and on their ranches during high school. He always worried about his mom and would help her pay bills in HS during the tough times. He graduated from Newell HS in 1979 then continued his education at SDSU in Brookings, SD. He graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture Science and he was a registered Seed Technologist.
He proudly began his adventure of a Seed Technologist in California for 3 years but his heart was still in South Dakota with his family. He then went to work at Huron then to Madison. After a few years, he bought a small acreage and house where he started his horse herd, also known as Randy’s addictions. He could rattle off pedigrees of Quarter horses like most people would say their ABC’s. He didn’t have a lot of time to work on his place because even though he was on salary, he worked countless extra hours on weekends and nights to finish his projects. He had a passion for his job. He would rattle off grass names and talk of seeds in his sleep. He missed many family functions out west because he had a germination test or something going on at work that he knew he had to get done. For 27 years, he was a dedicated Madison, SD, Seed Technologist that ran on plant time. He was as giving as his mother, Ida. If someone needed it more than him, he would give what he had. If they needed a place to stay, his door was always open. He always enjoyed going to darts with Diana Finch, family, and his friends. He tried to get out to the state dart tournaments every year. He loved to visit and tell stories.
Randy, 57, Madison, died at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls on February 16, 2018.
Randy is survived by brothers and sisters, Idamae Goff, Champlin, MN, Larry Goff, Box Elder, SD, Adam Goff, Box Elder, SD, June (Rex) Eagon, Rhame, ND, Guy Goff, Springfield, SD, Hope (Mike) Mastel, Marmarth. ND, and half-brother, Glen (Margie) Tryon, Rapid City, SD; his nieces and nephews, Lee Stenstron, Carl Vacha, Amanda Vacha, Lisa (Dennis) Fisher, Rhonda Reiswig, Sara, April, and Miranda Goff, Ana Goff, Chuck Goff, Ashley Goff, Dillon and Kalorada Eagon, Josie (Kasey) Tharp, Chance, Seth, and Mattie Mastel, and Taylor, Taton, and Myah Tryon; and numerous uncles and aunts. He is also survived by his friends, Diana Finch; Tara (Willy) Beckers and Tanner, Jacob, and Paige; Tricia (Brad) Johnson; Ginger (James) Harris and Sierra, Kaitlyn, and Cameron; and Justina Finch, Daytona, McKenna, and Hadley.
Randy is preceded in death by his grandparents, Leach and Edna Bryant; his father, Frank Goff; mother, Ida Tryon; aunt, Mary Baker; uncles, Louis Bryant and Dale Bryant; and great-niece, Kinley Joe Tharp.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 21, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison, SD.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.


 

     
   
     

Edward Henry Poss

June 16, 1924 - February 14, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018

 

Edward H. "Ed" Poss was born June 16, 1924, to Frank and Clara (Karrels) Poss. He attended the 4 Mile rural school for 8 years and made it through 8 weeks of high school before he and a friend decided to quit and walked the 25 miles home to the ranch.
After quitting school, Ed found work at the Homestake Gold Mine and Ft. Meade, but wasn’t hired because of his age. He did find work at a farm in Vale, where he took a shine to the farmer’s daughter.
He and Leah Pflaumer were married December 29, 1948. To this union, three children were born. Leah passed away from cancer in 1995.
Ed continued on the ranch with the help of his grandson, Dustin, until 2001. Then because of aches and pains, Ed got a hired man and moved into the townhouse he had built. It was very difficult for him to move to Sturgis and leave the ranch that was his entire life. He was very proud of all he had accomplished with the improvements and the adding of land to the ranch. He still worked in the field last summer raking hay and checking on heifers. He was talking about buying bulls and calving right up until the time he passed away. He was a true farmer/rancher through and through.
Ed, 93, of Sturgis, SD, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Sturgis, SD.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Gary) Mailloux, Vale, SD; grandsons, Dayne Mailloux, and Dustin (Melissa) Mailloux, both of Rapid City, SD; granddaughter, Amanda (Scott) Sheeler, Vale, SD; great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Nathan Mailloux, Rapid City, SD, Braylee and Keion Freytag, Vale, SD, and Lainey Sheeler and step great-granddaughter, Lexie Sheeler, Vale, SD; brother, John Poss, Gainesville, FL; sisters, Mary Baker, Spearfish, SD, and Lois Halbrook, Red Bluff, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his very special friend and helper, Helen Komes, Sturgis, SD, and her children, David (Dianna) Komes, Rapid City, SD, and Diane Hallock, Sturgis, SD.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leah Poss; a son, Roger Allen Poss; and an infant daughter.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

 

     
   
     

Rolland William Willard

September 11, 1926 - February 11, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2017

 

Rolland was born September 11, 1926, to Everett and Bertha Willard at Rapid City, SD. Rolland graduated from Rapid City High School in 1946. He was drafted into the Army in 1954 and discharged in 1956. In 1954, he married Laura Price and they had 3 children. Rolland worked his entire life in HVAC. Rolland enjoyed fishing, haying, and tending his cattle.
Rolland William Willard, 91, of Rapid City, passed away peacefully at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, February 11, 2018.
Rolland is survived by his wife of 63 years, Laura, son, William, daughter, Lillian (Gene) Kienzle, son, Kenneth (Linda), all of Rapid City; five grandchildren, Jeff (Kim) Olson, Arizona, Jamie (Karin) Kienzle and Shelly Kienzle, both Rapid City, Mike (Becky) Willard, Sturgis, and Melissa (Chris) Spielmann, Sioux Falls; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Big Bend Presbyterian Church in Rapid City with Pastor Bob Savot officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to Big Bend Presbyterian Church.

 

     
   
     

Ida Emelia Tryon

February 6, 1943 - February 7, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Monday, February 12, 2018

 

Ida Emelia Tryon was born February 6, 1943, to Leach and Edna Bryant. She was the 2nd of 9 children. She was raised on the Bryant ranch and attended a one room schoolhouse in Pleasant Valley.
Ida married Frank Goff in 1958. In their union, 7 children were born.
Ida married Charlie Tryon on July 17, 1979. Her and her children moved to the Tryon ranch at Deers Ears. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, and the ranch life. On August 31, 1983, Ida and Chuck were blessed with a son, Glen Leach Tryon. Charlie passed away in 1988. Ida lived the rest of her life caring for poultry, horses, bum lambs, and cows.
Ida enjoyed visiting with everyone. She was a very giving woman. She would give her last dollar to someone if she thought they needed it more. Her needs were very small. She loved getting together, but always wanted to get back to her animals at the ranch. The cows became very important. She would call them her children. Many cows wore tags with family members' names.
Even age would not slow her down. She still chopped ice for the cows and burned wood. When anyone would tell her to slow down, she would say, "If I die doing things on the ranch, I will die happy.
Happy Trails, Mom.
We Love You.
Ida, 75, Newell, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at her ranch.
Ida is survived by children, Idamae Goff, Champlin, MN, Randy (Diane) Goff, Madison, SD, Larry Goff, Box Elder, SD, Adam Goff, Box Elder, SD, June (Rex) Eagon, Rhame, ND, Guy Goff, Springfield, SD, Hope (Mike) Mastel, Marmarth, ND, and Glen (Margie) Tryon, Rapid City, SD; her pride and joy, her grandchildren, Lee Stenstron, Carl Vacha, Amanda Vacha, Lisa Sanchez-Fisher, Rhonda Reiswig, Sara, April, Miranda Goff, Anna Goff, Chuck Goff, Ashley Goff, Dillon Eagon, Kalorada Eagon, Josie (Kasey) Tharp, Chance Mastel, Seth (Mattie) Mastel, Taylor, Taton, and Myah Tryon; her great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ida was preceded in death by her parents, Leach and Edna Bryant; her husband, Charlie Tryon; sister, Mary Baker; brothers, Louis Bryant and Dale Bryant; great-granddaughter, Kinley Joe Tharp; niece, Chelsey Bryant; and great-niece, Vicky Evans.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.

 

     
   
     

Darwin "Hank" Gene Kurtz

February 26, 1946 - February 5, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018

 

Hank was born February 26, 1946, to Darrel and Cora (Jensen) Kurtz in Groton, SD. He attended elementary and junior high school at Joan of Arc school, a half mile from the family farm and graduated from Groton High School in 1965.
He joined the United States Air Force after high school and served as a flight crewman for medical evacuations during the Vietnam War. While stationed at McCord AFB in Tacoma, WA, he met the love of his life, Joyce, and they spent 49 years in marriage until his death.
They moved back to Groton, SD, where he worked on the family farm until 1974, when he enrolled in the Denver Automotive and Diesel School studying diesel mechanics. After completing his degree, he returned to SD and worked as construction and feedlot foreman for Delzer Construction in Spearfish. Hank opened D.G. Kurtz Trucking and ran his company for many years. In addition to over the road trucking, he loved to help family and friends doing any projects and building things. He spent many hours working with his children and grandchildren sharing his skills and knowledge. He was completely devoted to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Darwin "Hank" Kurtz, 71, of Whitewood, SD, lost his battle with cancer on February 5, 2018. After a brief but fierce fight, he passed away in the hospice unit in the VA hospital at Ft. Meade, SD.
He is survived by his wife Joyce; children, Laura (Dennie) Clausen, Everett, WA, Deb (Ted) Bartunek, Rapid City, SD, and Bill (Jen) Kurtz, Chamberlain, SD; grandchildren, Adria (Dale) Gohman, St Cloud, MN, Megan (Justin) Long, Red Owl, SD, Andrew Aker, Ft. Benning, GA, Trevor Bartunek, Phoenix, AZ, Austin Bartunek, Rapid City, SD, and Autumn and Ainsley Kurtz, Chamberlain, SD; great-grandchildren, Jerika, Keaton, and Tavin Gohman, and Lexi, Leigh, Drew, and Dawson Long; sisters and brothers, Karon Kurtz and Duane Kurtz of Aberdeen, SD, Shirley Simon, Yuma, AZ, Lois (Victor) Schwahn, San Jacinto, CA, Connie Olson, Rapid City, SD, and Dennis (Sue) Kurtz, Claremore, OK; one aunt, Abbie Jensen, Spearfish, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews across the country.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Myrtle.
Services will be held Friday, February 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood, SD, followed by interment at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Quilting Auxiliary at Ft Meade, SD.

 

     
   
     

Willie John Tenold

April 3, 1938 - February 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018

 

Willie "Willy" John Tenold was born April 3, 1938, to Peder and Astrid "Esther" (Rasmussen) Tenold in Buffalo, SD. He was the 9th of 10 children and grew up on the family ranch 3 miles east of Reva, SD. After Willie’s father died, he and his brother, Bob, purchased the family ranch where Willie lived until his death. Willie and his siblings attended Jefferson and Reva country schools. In 1956, he graduated from Hetttinger High School.
Willie married Venoy Idella Smith February 6, 1971. They raised 4 children on the family ranch where 2 children, Pete and Laura, continue the family operation to this day. In 1960, Willie was named "Outstanding Young Rancher." He was always active in the community including, serving on the Slim Buttes Lutheran Church Council, HC Weed and Pest Board, and measuring fields and grain bins for the FSA, to name a few. Willie was always busy. When he had everything in order at home, he and Bob did custom farming, haying, and corn chopping for the neighbors. Willie enjoyed local history and was excited to help with the Harding County history books, taking a special interest in the churches and cemeteries.
Willie’s favorite pastime was working on the ranch and he especially looked forward to farming in the spring. In 1990, Willy was paralyzed in a tractor accident as he was getting ready for spring planting. Special modifications allowed Willie to use the telephone and computer unassisted. In 2001, Willie started working in Buffalo for his daughter, Angela, answering phones and keeping everyone on task. Sonny Nation, Karen Brown, and Marilyn Parfrey became good friends in the years he spent at the Tatanka Plaza, sharing stories and when needed, encouragement.
Willie always loved a good story and a hearty laugh. After he retired from his town job, Willie commenced his true life’s passion – the phone tree! Every day he called his people to visit, share a laugh, and lend encouragement. "I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in!," was his favorite line, and a good reminder to keep life’s troubles into perspective. In 1977, Willie recommitted his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His relationship with Jesus has sustained him through many trials and tribulations over the years.
Some people may assume that Willie’s life ended 28 years ago from his accident, they would be mistaken. This last chapter was a new beginning, and some of the best years of his life. He watched his children grow to adulthood and enjoyed every minute spent with his grandkids and great-grandkid, Isabella Rose. You may have seen him out in the field in his wheelchair directing Pete on a tractor repair, traipsing around the countryside with youthful chauffeurs, Laura and Julianna, sorting bolts at the kitchen table with Dalton and Jesse, supervising Alexis’ egg collection duties, or anywhere in the whole country with his lifelong travelling partner, wife, and caregiver, Venoy. We joked that Dad’s accident was God’s version of "forced retirement," but the fact of the matter is, these were the years Willie got to enjoy his greatest treasure on earth, his family.
Willy Tenold, 79, Reva, SD, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at home in Reva.
Willie is survived by his wife, Venoy; children, Angela & Dalyn McCann, Peder, Julianna, and Laura; grandchildren, Dalton & Ashley, Jesse Bill, and Alexis; great grand-daughter, Isabella Rose McCann; sisters, Mildred Peterson, Agnes Steinbach, Bertha Nelson, and Delores Coffield; brother, Robert and Norma Tenold; brother-in-law, Phil Hulse; Venoy’s brothers and sisters; and nieces and nephews too numerous to mention in this small space.
Willie was preceded in death by his parents, Peder and Esther; sisters, Alpha Hulse, Luella and Richard Steinbach, and Florence and Jerrold Peterson; brother, Orvin and Eileen Tenold; brothers-in-law, James Peterson, Raymond Nelson, and John Steinbach; parents-in-law, J. Richard Smith, Ivan and Martha Smith Sabo; sister-in-law, Marie Smith; brothers-in-law, George Smith, Gene Ladson, and Keith Hanson; nephews, Ricky and Todd Tenold and Roger Coffield; and great-nephew, Tyrel Brengle; and cousin, Tommy Rasmussen.
Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until time of services at the REC center.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the Harding County REC Center in Buffalo. Burial will follow at the Slim Buttes Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Slim Buttes Lutheran Radio Broadcast.

 

     
   
     

Francis Marion McDaniel

March 25, 1923 - February 1, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

Francis Marion McDaniel was born March 25, 1923, to Frank and Esther (Burke) McDaniel in Lantry, SD. He attended grade school in Lantry, graduated from Dupree High School in 1941, and attended Business College in Rapid City, SD. After serving in the Army during WWII, he attended Northrup Aeronautical Institute in California, graduating with a degree in aeronautical engineering. After working as head engineer for American Potash and Chemical Corp. in Henderson, NV, for several years, he returned to Lantry. Marion served as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives for the 51st District from 1963-1966. He worked at the Lantry Garage until it closed in 1972, helped run the Lantry Four Winds Club, sold real estate, and pursued farming. In later years, he moved to Spearfish, SD, to care for his parents. In December of 2017, he moved to the Michael J. Fitzmaurice SD State Veterans Home in Hot Springs, SD.
Marion enjoyed boating, fishing, water skiing, and flying.
Marion, 94, passed away on February 1, 2018, at the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
He is survived by one brother, Bill (Dianne); and sister-in-law, Betty (Jim); and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Gailen and Jim.
Services for Marion will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Mary "Madell" McDonagh

May 18, 1925 - January 28, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Madell was born in Sturgis May 18, 1925, in her grandmother Keffler's "midwifery" house. Her parents were Joseph and Florence (Keffler) Schuster. She attended St. Martin's Academy from 1st through 12th grade. She graduated from National College of Business in Rapid City.
She married George Piekkola in February of 1950 in Sturgis. They ranched at the Piekkola homestead until George's death in 1973. Madell and George adopted two children: Janice, age 4, and Kenneth, age 2, in 1954. Later they adopted a baby boy of two weeks of age, William Thomas. Madell loved being a wife and mother and grandmother. Her family was her greatest joy.
She loved dancing, sewing, cooking, canning, traveling, playing cards, and visiting. She was an amazing woman, always having projects to work on. Madell was a very hands-on mother with her children. She was very active in extension club, altar society, 4-H, and sports, and a beloved leader in Boy Scouts. One of her greatest joys was when William attained his Eagle Scout award. She was a long-time den mother and officer in that organization.
Madell loved and excelled at sewing. She made many prom/pageant dresses and "Make it with Wool" projects winning many purple ribbons. She made her daughter's complete wedding attire. She was very honored to make her two granddaughter's complete wedding outfits for a double wedding. She made hats as well as men's suits. Madell also made many little "coats" for baby animals on the farm.
She suffered the last of her years battling health issues, mainly her legs causing her to be in a wheelchair. She remained confident, kind, helpful, and happy.
After George's death, she spent many years alone, but the Lord blessed her with her second husband, William "Bill" McDonagh. They traveled in their 5th wheel all over the U.S. Bill was her knight in shining armor. Madell wanted to return to Sturgis. She moved into Sturgis Regional Senior Care for where she lived for 1½ years. She made very special friends there, Betty, Rene, and Sara, to name a few.
Mary Madell (Schuster) McDonagh, 92, Sturgis, died Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her sister, Hazel Schuster Malmbeck of Hawaii; daughter, Janice Anderson; son-in-law, Brad Sedlacek; sons, Kenneth Piekkola (Anita Ulrich) and William Piekkola (Kymberlie); grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mason and Spencer, Rachel and Rodney Schaub, Alex and Scott Craig, Julianna and Taylor, Lisa Anderson Pelton (Bruce), Kaine, Hayden, and Christian, Michael and Sharon Anderson, Raedon, Laeton, Talon, and Rhianna, Daniel and Kirby Anderson, Taite, Thad, Tyson, and Triton, Corey Piekkola, Jennifer Piekkola, Lea and Neeko, Max Piekkola, Marissa, Chaz and Deena Piekkola, Lathan, Johnny, Chaz, Alessa, and Annie Piekkola.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her parents; brother, LaVerne; husbands, George Piekkola and William McDonagh; grandson, Mark Piekkola; and son-in-law, Andy Anderson.
Madell's children and grandchildren will forever be grateful for her loving, kind, and moral example she always set! "'Til we meet again, Mom."
Visitation will be Friday, February 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 5, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the St. Francis of Assisi Altar Society.

 

     
   
     

Donald L. Miller

September 14, 1927 - January 28, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018

 

Don was born September 14, 1927 to Herman F. and Florence M(Matthews) Miller in Chamberlain, SD. On June 12, 1952, he married Kathleen Shirley Buss at St. Bernard’s
Catholic Church in Redfield, SD. She preceded him in death in 2013 after 61 years of marriage.
Don graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1945 and served as a corporal in the US Army 1946-49. He was stationed with the 2nd Army Air Force (AAF) Radio Squadron
Mobile in Allied-occupied Germany in 1946-47, and later posted to the Ft. Jay detachment, Governor’s Island, NY.
Following his army discharge, Don returned to Chamberlain where he partnered with his father and founded the Miller Construction Company. He was a self-taught draftsman and custom homebuilder. He built many homes and commercial buildings in the area, and was considered an artisan in his craft.
A keen interest in teaching led Don to enroll at Colorado State University in 1968 to pursue a teaching certificate. He taught at Mitchell Technical Institute (formerly Mitchell Area Voc-Tech School) in Mitchell, SD and later at Utah Valley University(formerly Utah Technical College) in Orem, UT. He was a generous and innovative teacher, and he mentored students to do the kind of work that would endure for many years.
After his retirement from teaching, Don resumed his construction business in Orem.
Ready to try new ideas, he built one of the first solar homes in Utah. He was always diligent and would go the extra mile to ensure any job, large or small, was done to the best of his ability.
Having an insatiable curiosity, Don was an avid reader and had a great love of learning. When confronted with an obstacle, he would say, “It’s not a problem but an opportunity for a solution.” He was courteous and respectful to everyone he met. His strong and
quiet faith made him always hopeful and was an inspiration to those around him. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6341 and volunteered many hours of
service to his home parish, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.
When Don was in his 70’s, he and Kathy retired in the Black Hills of South Dakota where he designed and constructed their Boulder Canyon dream home. It was a special place where family gathered for reunions, laughed and cried, and made wonderful memories.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers John and Edward, and sister Harriet “Dottie” Baker.
Donald Leroy Miller, devoted husband, father and friend, passed away on January 28,2018 at Bickford Assisted Living in Macomb, IL, surrounded by those who loved him, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Grateful for his loving presence in their lives are his children: Nancy (John) Gruidl of Macomb IL; Timothy of Mitchell, SD; Theresa (Christopher) Tsoi of Fort Collins, CO; Robert of Midvale, UT; Mary McElroy of Spokane, WA; Patricia McGee of Rapid City, SD;
and Susan (John) Bird of Excelsior, MN; fourteen grandchildren, and five
great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 6-7:30 pm, immediately followed by a Vigil at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis SD. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, February 5, 2018 at 10 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Sturgis SD, with Reverend Timothy Castor presiding, followed by burial in the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Donald and Kathleen Miller Seminarian Burse(for the education of seminarians) at the Diocese of Rapid City, 606 Cathedral Drive, Rapid City SD 57701 or to St. Paul School, Macomb, IL.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual Light shine upon him.

 

     
   
     

Irene Alvena Berndt

March 4, 1933 - January 27, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. February 1, 2018

 

Irene Alvena (Webb) Berndt was born March 4, 1933, to George and Ella Webb. She was the 7th of 12 children. Irene died at home on January 27, 2018, after a short illness at the age of 84.
Irene grew up in Eagle Butte. She attended Butte View School in the Fox Ridge District and graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1950. She went to college in Spearfish at Black hills State College and obtained a teaching certificate. She taught school at the Zeona country school from September 1951 to May 1952. Upon completion of her year contract she returned to Eagle Butte.
On August 28, 1951, she married Edgar John Berndt in Pierre, SD. To this union of 49 years, 5 children were born: Karen, Leann, Russell, Evelyn, and Bill. Irene was blessed with 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Irene worked at Lynn's Super Valu as the manager of the Bakery and Deli from September 1978 until March of 1990. In August of 1990, she went to work at the Cheyenne Eagle Butte middle school as a kitchen assistant. She retired in 2003 from the school system.
Irene had many hobbies including baking cookies for the special people in her life, collecting her precious teapots, and decorating her home for Christmas. She got no greater joy than to see the community drive by and check out her Christmas decorations. Everyone knows the green house with all the lights on highway 212. Irene was an excellent cook and knew everyone’s favorite meal and when they arrived at her home, it was ready to be served. Mashed potatoes required a minimum of 1 pound of butter.
While employed at the school, she entertained the children with her decorative necklaces. She always had kind words for each child she served at the school. She loved to see their smiles each day. Irene was a natural caregiver who was always willing to help family and friends in need. She spent many hours at the NAPA store assisting Bill with running the store. Irene was an avid reader and was constantly reading with mystery novels being her favorite.
Irene is survived by daughter, Karen (Doug) Wendel and their children, Grace (Seth) Holley and son, Sterling, David Wendel, Jonathan Wendel, and Danielle (Derek) Wilkerson; daughter, Leann (Larry) Thorsness and their children, Chris (Jodi) Luoma and children, Quinn and Noah, Jeremy (Tiffany) Luoma and children, Desi, Madison, and Jada, and Greg Thorsness; son, Russ (Jeanie) Berndt and their children, Jon (Amber) Walder and children, Grady, Drew, Gannon, and Haddie, Kristin Walder, and Jordan Berndt; daughter, Evelyn Berndt (Ronnie Neigel) and their children, Daniel (Charlie) Berndt and Kelsey (Nate) Skoglund; son, Bill (Susan) Berndt and their children, Amanda Vu and children, Cameron and Ben, Melissa Berndt and children, Adam and Annabell, Cy Johnson, Sarah, Emma, and Johny, and CJ Johnson and family; three brothers, Wayne (Lorraine) Webb, William (Frances) Webb, and Melvin (Vonnie) Webb; sister, Lucille Berndt; sisters-in-law, Joan Webb and Pauline Webb; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar John Berndt; her parents, George and Ella Webb; brothers, Ray, Lee, Jim, Martin, Lyle, and Gene; one sister, Betty Lindeman; brothers-in-law, George Lindeman, Gerald Berndt, Elmer Berndt, and Earl Berndt; sisters-in-law, Betty Berndt, Georgia Berndt, Phyllis McQuire, and Irene Webb.
A service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the United Church of Christ in Eagle Butte. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, February 2nd at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Ruth Louise Schlomer Snyder

October 7, 1931 - January 24, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 

Ruth was born October 7, 1931, at Washington, IA, to James Leroy and Irma (Walker) Jugenheimer. She graduated from high school in Washington, IA, and earned a two year teaching certificate at Sioux Falls College. She married John Carl Schlomer on December 23, 1956, at Glenham, SD.
She taught school for the Smee School District at Wakpala, SD, before becoming a cook at the Silver Grill in Mobridge, SD.
Ruth Louise Schlomer Snyder, 86, Sturgis, SD, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Survivors include her sons, Leroy (Sue) Schlomer, Rapid City, Lloyd (Darlene) Schlomer, Moorhead, MN, Neal (Pam) Schlomer, Ada, MI, and Dean (Linda) Schlomer, Eagle, ID; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband; one son, Kenneth; and her second husband, Dale Snyder.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will be Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the Glenham Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. central time.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Richard E. Van Calligan

December 29, 1923 - January 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Richard was born December 29, 1923, in Antigo, Wisconsin, to James and Fern (Lindsay) Van Calligan.
Richard received: the distinguished unit badge, bronze arrowhead, victory medal, American Theater Service Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater service Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal for New Guinea, Southern Phillippines (liberation), and Luzon.
Richard married Ardis Rennpferd on July 3, 1948. He was ahead of his time encouraging his wife to enjoy non-traditional sports and hobbies. Richard opened up a world of adventure, love, and companionship for Ardis.
Richard E. Van Calligan, 94, of Rapid City, SD, passed away January 18, 2018, at VA Medical Center at Fort Meade, SD. His family appreciates the excellent care he received.
He is survived by his spouse, Ardis; children, Mark and Heidi, and many devoted relatives and friends.
Cremation arrangements were completed by Kinkade Funeral Chapel, in Sturgis, SD.
Services scheduled later in Antigo, Wisconsin.

 

     
   
     

Kathleen Kay Kandt

February 22, 1942 - January 21, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2018

 

Kathy was born, February 22, 1942, to Gustav and Mildred (Saueressig) Kandt in Bismarck, ND. She was raised on the family farm and in McClusky, ND, where she graduated from high school. She received a BS degree in English from Minot State University.
In her lifetime, she taught English at Standing Rock High School in ND and at the Flandreau Indian Boarding School in Flandreau, SD. Kathy trained as a welder and was a proud member of the Sheetmetal Workers Union where she was a journeyman. She worked as a treatment parent in a supportive youth home in Madison, WI. She taught math and spatial relations classes at the Madison Area Technical College.
It was also in Wisconsin where she met the love of her life, Bess Brown. In 1997 she and her wife Bess moved to Tilford, SD, where Kathy worked as a home health caregiver and at a local gardening nursery where she learned about plants and trees that grow well in the local region. Kathy and Bess took care of her mother until her death in 2005.
Kathy served as the Executive Director of the Black Hills Center for Equality during a time when the Center was struggling. She worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness and guided the Center in a new direction in developing services to Western South Dakota's LGBT community. She devoted many hours to working with state and local government and other LGBT groups in SD. Kathy was recently honored by the LGBT community for her lifelong dedication to the cause of equality.
Kathy was a proud lifelong member of the Democratic Party. She fought for worker's rights and against oppression of any kind. She set up and helped govern organizations that supported battered women. Over the course of her life, she made many gifts to organizations like this to help victims of abuse reclaim their lives and to raise their children in peaceful homes. She volunteered at the women's shelter and the Hospice House. She was a powerful role model in caring for our fellow human beings.
Kathy loved everything that grows on God's green earth. She had a passion for planting, harvesting and preserving the healthy foods that came from the amazing gardens she and Bess grew. Together she and Bess developed a particular love for the iris and their beautiful collection of irises was well-known to many. Kathy was a voracious reader and a natural teacher who loved to engage on long conversations about any topic under the sun. She was an incredibly interesting person to talk to and loved to share her knowledge and experience with everyone. Kathy trained for and became a Reiki Master.
Kathy and Bess were proudly married on September 6, 2015, along with eleven other couples at Mount Rushmore. They made a loving life together for 34 years.
Kathleen "Kathy" Kay Gus Kandt, died, January 21, 2018, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.
Kathy is survived by her wife, Bess Brown; sisters, Linda Brown, Eileen Luchsinger, Pemina Yellow Bird, and many other friends and family.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial in Kathy's name may donate to the Regional Hospital Hospice House. Special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and support staff at the Rapid City Regional Hospital's Dialysis Center and Cancer Clinic for your loving care of Kathy during her illness. A great deal of gratitude also goes to Kathy's circle of fellow patients; she truly loved and cared about you all.
Kathy was the kind of person who never knew a stranger she couldn't turn into a friend. She was brave, and kind and cheerful in all weathers. She was a devoted wife, friend and relative, and a fearless defender of many. May she rest in peace and may all who mourn her loss be comforted by loving memories.
A celebration of Life will be held, Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 2:00 pm (we are calling it a Super Bowl pregame party), at On Common Ground located at 610 St Francis St, Rapid City, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice House in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Maxine Grace Bongard

February 2, 1929 - January 19, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018

 

Maxine Grace (Anderson) Bongard passed from this world on January 19, 2018. The reigning matriarch of the Anderson Family, Maxine was born the second of eight children, on February 2, 1929, in Alpena, SD, to Esther Jane (Cunningham) and Grant Vernon (“Jim”) Anderson, and grew up around the Woonsocket and Green Grass areas of South Dakota. She met and married Calvin Leroy Bongard in Fort Lewis, Washington, on July 12, 1947. Thereafter, they traveled around the country and the world together, and with their children, as he served in the US Army.
Maxine earned her GED while in Monterey, California. She had many talents and was a tireless worker, starting as a waitress at age 17, and continuing in that profession for many years as they lived at various Army postings. The family moved from the Twin Cities to Tomah, Wisconsin, in 1970, where she worked at the Holiday Inn as banquet manager, a salesperson at Tomah Office Supply, and was a sales partner at Tomah Sew and Vac. Calvin’s passing in 1994, led Maxine to move to Rapid City, SD, to be near her siblings. She spent the last 23 years enjoying every minute with her large extended family, sharing stories, and as the go-to person for questions about the Anderson and Cunningham family histories. She particularly enjoyed visiting with extended family at the annual Anderson and Cunningham Family reunions.
Sewing was a lifetime passion. Maxine sewed clothes for herself and for the children as they were growing up, and in later years she became an avid quilter, working at the Quilt Connection Etc. quilt shop in Rapid City where she was a jack of all trades, working as a salesperson, teacher, and sewing machine repair person. The customers she served often became close friends. She continued repairing machines for many years even after being diagnosed with COPD thanks to her portable oxygen machine. She retired from all work when macular degeneration stole her eyesight.
Maxine is survived by her four children; Kellie (Jim) LaRue of Black Hawk, SD; Kathy (Rob) Hoey of Searsmont, ME; Jerry (Patricia) Bongard of Warner, QLD, Australia; and D’Anne (Bub) Thompson of Marcus, SD; grandchildren, Christopher (Catherine) and Michael Bongard, Sam and Isaac Hoey, and Amanda and Troy Thompson; siblings, JoAnne (Avin) Martin, Kenny (Geneann) Anderson and Joyce Peterson all of Piedmont, SD; sister-in-law, Muriel (Dupris) Anderson of Bloomington, MN; many nieces, nephews and greats that she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin (Kelly) Bongard; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly (Wes) Steele, Norma (Lester) Hertel; brothers, Grant Vernon (“Junior”) Anderson, Jr., Leonard Anderson, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Wednesday, January 24 from 4-7 PM.
Services will be Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 11 AM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers or memorials, please consider donating in her name to the Anderson Education Fund, macular degeneration research at Bright Focus Foundation (https://www.brightfocus.org), or Regional Health Hospice House.

 

     
   
     

Edna Marie Speers

February 22, 1916 - January 9, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018

 

Edna was born on a White Owl homestead on February 22, 1916. She grew up in Springfield, MO, where her father passed suddenly when she was 12. She married Glen E. Speers in 1933 at age 16 and raised 6 sons on the White Owl Ranch, many of whom when on to serve in the military.
Known to all as "Grandma" Edna lived independently with the help and care of family and friends. Coming to Washington she was thrilled to garden in the NW with fruit trees, grapes and large garden well into her late 90's. She had a great sense of humor and loved to hear of family adventures and mishaps, and posed in many "Fish" photos, some bigger than her! At the age of 100 she was caught on stage teaching her great-great granddaughters the Charleston. Her last trip to the ranch was met by loved ones and many travel "fans" and treated like celebrity!
Edna lived her life and faith to the fullest being missionary minded, supporting Billy Graham and Samaritan's Purse. Every year she helped her granddaughter pack and send shoe boxes to operation Christmas Child, over 50 boxes a year! The family would like to send 102 boxes in 2018 in her honor.
Grandma was a strong fighter, surviving everything from rattlesnake bites to cancer!! An inspiration to all.
Edna Marie Speers, 101, Puyallup, WA, formerly of White Owl, SD, died, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at her grandson's home in Puyallup, WA.
Edna is survived by her four sons; Bert G. Speers, Puyallup, WA; Lowell A. Speers, White Owl, SD; Stanley G. Speers, Toledo, WA; and Patrick R. Speers, Patterson, MO. 19 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters; Yonnie and Clara; one brother, Marion; two sons; Glen Jr, and Russell; two grandsons, John L. and sadly the same week of her passing her grandson Shane Speers.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
A celebration of her Life and Faith will be held, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the White Owl Church. Burial will follow at the White Owl Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Tarrie Jay Goddard

February 14, 1960 - January 4, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 8, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Tarrie was born Valentine’s day, 1960, to James and Merne (Jones) Gibson. She traveled as a child with her Air Force family, extensively, before landing in Lingle, WY, after her father retired.
She always loved a good time with her family and friends. After retiring in 2010, she and her husband, Monte, traveled the United States, RVing. After diagnosis in the fall of 2015, they settled in Sturgis.
Tarrie Jay Goddard, 57, Sturgis, SD, died Thursday, January 4, 2018, at her home in Sturgis.
She leaves behind her husband, Monte; daughter, Kristie Sierra; son, E.J. (Christina) Snyder; and grandchildren, Larissa Mayhew, Rylea Joyce, and TJ Snyder. Survivors also include her mother, Merne Gibson; brothers, Jack (Deb) Gibson, Jim Gibson, and Jerry (Beth) Gibson; sister, Tracy (Doug) Patrick; Sturgis family in-laws, Gerie Ericson, Lavina Goddard, Tom (Betty) Goddard; mother-in-law, Anna Goddard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Gibson; father-in-law, Forrest Goddard; brothers-in-law, Marshall Goddard and Donald Ericson; and sister-in-law, Annette Gibson.
A memorial may be made to the ALS Foundation on her behalf.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

James Edward Bradley

April 2, 1933 - January 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

James Edward Bradley was born April 2, 1933, in Wessington Springs, SD, to Donald and Florence (Krog) Bradley. Jim grew up in Wessington Springs where he attended school until he went into the Air Force where he stayed for three years.
After returning from the Air Force, Jim lived in Montana where he met his wife, Theresa. The couple lived in Montana for a while then moved to Wessington Springs where they raised their five children, after which Jim and Theresa moved to Sturgis where they lived the remainder of their lives.
Jim drove a Semi truck for 30 years, owned a tavern for a short period, and finally finished his work career as a boiler operator at the Pope and Talbot Saw Mill in Spearfish.
Jim always enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was hunting and fishing with his buddy’s in the mountains of Montana when he was a younger man or getting to go pheasant hunting and walleye fishing with his family later in his life. He also enjoyed the times when all his family got together for the holidays, a wedding, or a family reunion.
Jim is survived by his three sons, Jim and wife, Donna, of El Mirage, AZ, Mike and wife, Kristy, of Whitewood, and Mark and wife, Cathy, of Rapid City; and two daughters, Deb Buringa of Wessington and Sheila Jamison and husband, Jeff, of San Antonio. He is also survived by his brother, Gary, and wife, Evelyn, of Wessington Springs; two sisters, Mary Jackson of Lane, and Pat Christensen of Arizona; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Theresa; two brothers, Richard and William; and two brothers-in-law, Darrell Jackson and Dennis Christensen.
Visitation will be Monday, January 8, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Robert "Bob" Waddington

January 26, 1933 - January 2, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018

 

Robert "Bob" Roy Waddington was born January 26, 1933, to Robert C. Waddington and Gertrude D. Rada in Lead, SD. The family moved to Hill City in 1939.
Bob started working in the timber at an early age and put himself through high school cutting and hauling posts. On January 28, 1953, he married Deloris Ann Kester. He was drafted into the Army in April 1953 serving at Camp Kobe, Japan and Demarkation Zone, Korea. During this time, his home base was in Colorado Springs, CO, and Leadville, CO. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army in 1961, Bob and his family moved back to Rapid City and to Lead in 1962 where they resided until his death.
Bob loved his family, logging, hunting, and football. He was a practical jokester and added his special touch to all his projects which we referred to as "Hillbillyin Up." If he could only buy something in red, it was immediately painted green. He was a hard-working man who believed in helping his neighbors and fellowmen. If it was mechanical he could fix it! He hired one of the neighbor boys, Sam Millard, to help him in the woods and later his grandsons, Jason and Josh. What he taught them could not be learned in any book. He was a quiet man who spoke volumes by his actions.
Bob, 84, Lead, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Deloris Ann; his daughters, Judy (John) Coffield and Shelly (Bruce) Disbrow; his grandsons, Jason (Christina) Coffield, Joshua (Michelle) Coffield, Cal Coffield, and Christian Disbrow; his great-grandsons, Kevin Coffield, Matthew Curtis, Taylor Coffield, Ryan, Jace, and Hunter Evans, and Cody Coffield; his "Pretty Ladies" granddaughters, Jonna (Larry) Evans, Heather (James) Andrie, and Breanna (Jaz) Terzic; great-granddaughters, Shelby Wisser, Ashlyn and Jayden Coffield, and Maycee Coffield; and "His Baby" great-granddaughter, Camryn Coffield; and his brother, William (Billie) Waddington, San Antonio, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Vernon Gene; brothers, Richard and Gerald; half-brother, Robert; and special friend, Ronald Forrette.
Services will be Saturday, January 6, 2017, at the Lead Assembly of God Church in Lead at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Committal services, with military honors will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery on Monday, January 8, at 10:30 a.m.
A memorial has been established to Fort Meade Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Ardis Pearl Smiley

January 9, 1931 - December 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, December 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Ardis Pearl (Stage) Smiley was born January 9, 1931, in Faith, SD, to Albert and Clyde (Timmons) Stage of Red Owl. On Friday, December 22, 2017, Ardis went to be with the Lord and many of her loved ones who have passed on before her.
Gratitude, humor, quick wit, and an easy going nature were present in Ardis's life. Her deep and ever growing faith in God was interwoven in the fabric of her life. Ardis showed patience, hard work, and humility. So often she was found selflessly putting the needs of other’s above her own. Ardis radiated a spirit of gentle grace and love without condition; it was felt by all who knew her.
Ardis attended 1st – 7th grade at Sherman School and her 8th grade year at the Red Owl School. She graduated from Faith High School in 1948. Following graduation, she attended a summer program at Spearfish Teaching College and received her teaching certificate. At the age of 17, Ardis took her first teaching position at Lucerne School. She taught for many years at the Lucerne, Sherman, and Red Owl Schools. Ardis reminisced fondly of her teaching years saying, “I taught some great kids.”
Ardis was a talented artist and pianist, playing by ear from a young age. She enjoyed drawing, writing skits and plays, and playing piano for school programs and events throughout the Red Owl community. Area children received musical instruction from Ardis as she taught piano lessons in her home and music in the rural schools for many years. She was also a long time pianist for the Union Center Baptist Church. Most recently, Ardis shared her love of music by playing piano with a group of musicians at Heritage Acres in Sturgis, SD.
In her years at Red Owl, she was very involved in the community as a school board member, Secretary/Treasurer for the Meade County Farm Bureau, Right to Life member, and substitute teacher. She found great joy and satisfaction sharing the love of God with children in various children’s ministries, both in Union Center and Stoneville.
Ardis married Robert “Bob” Smiley on June 28, 1956, at Union Center. Four boys and two girls were born to the couple. Ardis loved working and living alongside Bob on their ranch near Red Owl, calling it home for 56 years until moving to Sturgis in September 2012. In addition to being an excellent homemaker and cook, she raised bum lambs and bottle calves and enjoyed gardening, canning, and planting flowers in the spring. Ardis was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law. Like Bob, she parented by example, leaving a legacy that is worthy to be emulated. In her busy life, she never failed to create time for her family through thousands of simple acts of kindness. She rarely missed her kids’ or grandkids’ school or church events. She will be dearly missed by friends and family.
Blessed and grateful for Ardis’s life are her 5 children, Rob (Kim) Smiley of Red Owl, Rick Smiley, Donna (Loren) Bruse, and Russell (Melinda) Smiley all of Sturgis, and Diana (Luke) Lopez of Mobridge; and eight grandchildren, Sierra Bruse, Kristin Smiley, Blake Smiley, Shelbi Bruse, Caden (Jori) Smiley, Sarah Lopez, Sophia Lopez, and Tanner Smiley.
Ardis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bob; infant son, Cody; her parents; two sisters, Alice Jensen and Arlene Kolbu; and one brother, Elmer “Bones” Ashton.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Union Center Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery at Red Owl.
Memorials have been established to Soldiers of the Cross at Union Center and the Red Owl Hall.

 

     
   
     

Darwyn Frank Stebbins

January 15, 1943 - December 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Wednesday December 27, 2017

 

To celebrate Darwyn's life. Trucking was his life and his hobby. He always felt he wanted to give people a second chance. Over the years he had many friends in his trucking business and working with his brother, his wife and three children made that the best life. He was a "Truckers Trucker" with over 2 million miles under his belt.
Harvest time at his daughter and son-in-law was an enjoyable time. He loved to try and tell them how to do things the North Dakota way, but nobody would listen to him. He loved going to breakfast and happy hour with the locals. He felt like Lake Preston was his second home.
People who knew Darwyn said they wanted to come back as his dogs! He loved all dogs whether they were his or not. He even heated the garage, not for the vehicles, but for the dogs and had a mattress in there for them to sleep on. They received lots of treats and enjoyed listening to Darwyn talk to them.
Old dogs, children and (black velvet!) watermelon wine.
He loved to travel, sometimes protesting to his wife! They spent their winters in Yuma, AZ enjoying time with their Canadian friends and cousins. His favorite past time was playing jokes on them.
His children and grandchildren were his life. The grandkids loved to go to breakfast with him whenever they got the chance.
Darwyn spent 2 years in the army and was stationed in Germany. Boy did he have stories to tell. He then returned to Bowman and married Bette the love of his life on November 16, 1968. They celebrated 49 years together. If you ask her the order of his loves were 1) Ford pickup 2)Dogs 3)John Deer and 4)his wife. But we all know she was #1.
Nobody had a bigger heart than Darwyn. He was the person that stopped on the road to give assistance to weary travelers who didn't even know him. He was the person who would always say hello to you no matter who you were. He was the person who would help other people in trouble in whatever way he could. He was not a man seeking riches but was a man rich in kindness, goodness and friendliness to his fellow man. He was the person who never intentionally did harm to man or animal through his words or deeds. He was the person the saying goes that would give the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was not a church going man, but was as much a Christian in his thoughts, words and deeds that a person can be.
Darwyn Frank Stebbins, 74, Piedmont, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at his home in Piedmont.
Darwyn is survived by his wife Bette, son Wade (Lori), daughter Jodi (Mike) Tolzin, and son Scott (Lisa). 7 Grandchildren, Derek, Lexi, Amanda, Halie, Evan, Ethan, & Morgan. Brother David (Cathy) Stebbins, father-in-law Gene Langlee and tons of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father Lyle & Kathryn Stebbins, and mother in-law Jo Langlee.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in one of two ways: 1) donate blood as often as possible, Darwyn was long time donor and received hundreds of units of blood these past two years, 2)Because of his love for animals donate to your local animal shelter as often as possible.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. A rosary service will begin at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. Burial with military honors follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Please dress casual per Darwyn.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com

 

     
   
     

Erhart Edwin Denke

May 15, 1927 - December 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m.Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

Erhart was born May 15, 1927, to Henry Denke and Esther (Eisenbraun) Votroubek of Sturgis. Erhart grew up on the family farm north of Creighton along with his siblings and attended Hammon Country School.
Erhart enlisted in the U. S. Army December 22, 1948, and transferred to the U. S. Army Reserve December 22, 1949. He was honorably discharged on December 21, 1951. During the Korean War, he worked as a medical technician in the Tokyo Army Hospital.
On June 1, 1955, he was united in marriage to Alice Hirchert in Quinn, SD. To this union, six children were born. Erhart and Alice raised their family on the farm north of Creighton. Erhart also worked various other businesses including a spraying business, D & H gas station, and the country store to name a few.
Erhart enjoyed spending time with friends and family, hunting, fishing, attending auctions, and traveling.
Erhart Edwin Denke, 90, of Sturgis, was called home December 18, 2017, surrounded by family.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Alice of Sturgis; his children, Kenneth (Nancy) of Creighton, Debbie (Marty) Gartner of Philip, Bruce of Sturgis, and Michael of Sturgis; grandchildren, Zachary Denke, Kari Denke, Coddy (Rachael) Gartner, Katrina Gartner, and Tyler Gartner; great-grandchildren, Kiara Perkins, Andy Grimes, Maria Denke, and Fisher Trautmann; brother-in-law, Jimmy Hirchert; and nephew Justin Hirchert.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Denke and Esther Votroubek; daughter, Barbara; son, Carl; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Hilda Denke, Helmuth and Marie Denke, Adolph and Violet Denke, Julius Denke, and Eugene and Marge Denke; sister and brother-in-law, Clara and Thurston Crose.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Blessed Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor John Fries officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Dick" Silvernail

November 3, 1929 - December 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

Dick was born November 3, 1929, at Danbury, CT, to Paul and Evelyn (Lange) Silvernail. He served in the U.S. Navy as a medic in the Korean War on a medical supply ship. He was presented a Red Cross citation for saving a baby’s life while he was a Police Force Officer.
Dick was also a representative for Hartford Insurance Company on the West Coast. He was an avid golfer; he loved to travel and also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. He served as a greeter and usher for 14 years.
Richard L. “Dick” Silvernail, 88, Sturgis, died Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Department of Affairs at Fort Meade VA Medical Center.
Dick is survived by his children, Paul Silvernail of Connecticut, Chrissy Wornall, of Santa Ynez, CA, Janis Solomon of Los Angeles, CA, and Brad Julson of Bryan, TX, and their families. His extended family includes Pat Bartholow, Betty Wootten, and Buddy (Char) Bartholow and their sons, Foster and Matt.
A graveside memorial service, with military honors, will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Duane Everet Carstensen

December 16, 1933 - December 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017

 

Duane was born December 16, 1933, to Louie and Frances (Lemaster) Carstensen in Piedmont, SD. They then moved to a Centennial Valley farm-ranch near Spearfish.
He graduated from the Laboratory school in Spearfish. After completing correspondence courses, he operated Duane's TV and Appliances in Sturgis for over 40 years. He was the original T,V. Repairman. He was also a member of many organizations including, Lawrence County Historical Society, Modern Woodsmen, Rotary Club, Centennial Valley Preservation Program, American Legion, Model T Club and Corvette Club of America.
He married Esther Irene Stark on September 15, 1966.
Duane Everet Carstensen, 83, Sturgis, died Sunday December 3, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Esther Carstensen, Sturgis; sister, Verla Mae (Jim) Weaver, Spearfish; niece, Tami Kovalick, Davidsonville, MD; nephews, Mark Weaver, Gettysburg, PA, and Elton Hochhalter, Boise, ID.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Virginia Hochhalter and two infant brothers, Clifford and Myron Carstensen.
Visitation will be noon until service time on Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial will follow at the Whitewood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Grace Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

Lila Mae Robillard

November 2, 1922 - November 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017

 

Lila Mae Peregrine Robillard, was born in Newell, SD, on November 2, 1922, to Glenn and May (Boyner) Peregrine. Lila grew up in and attended school through the seventh grade in Mud Butte, SD, and went to eighth grade and high school in Sturgis, SD. After her high school graduation in 1940, she attended the University of Minnesota. She lived in California from 1942-1945, working at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach during WWII.
Lila and Bob, who was from Staten Island, NY, were married in Mexico in 1945. Lila lived in Sturgis with her parents while Bob was overseas with the Navy Air Corps. She and Bob moved to Staten Island in 1947, where they raised their two children. The couple moved to Milford, NJ, in 1972, and then back to Sturgis in 1985, when Bob retired. They moved to Albuquerque, NM, in 2006, to be near their daughter.
Lila served as a PTA officer in both Staten Island and Union Township, NJ, and was an honorary life member of the National Congress of PTA Associations. She also volunteered in the Union Township library for 13 years. In Sturgis, she volunteered for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), hospital auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce, school library, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She received a reward for serving 1800 hours with the RSVP. In Albuquerque, she coordinated donations by seniors of food, clothing, and school supplies to the Albuquerque Public Schools Title I Homeless Students project. This included a "Make a Difference Day" drive that was recognized by the national "Make a Difference Day" committee.
Lila passed away on November 30, 2017, in Albuquerque, NM.
Lila is survived by her son, Robert Robillard, and his wife, Donna Benz, of Bound Brook, NJ; her daughter, Renee Robillard, and her husband, James Lynch, of Albuquerque; her brother, Robert Peregrine, and his wife, Donna, of Rapid City, SD; her sister, Betty Schumann, of Fairmont, MN; and many wonderful Peregrine and Robillard nieces and nephews and their children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert "Bob" G. Robillard; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Howard and Barbara Peregrine and Bill and Delores Peregrine; her nephew, Dale Schumann; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charles Schumann, Robert Knisel, Gregory Robillard, Charles Robillard, Jr, Doris Knisel, and Shirley Robillard.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lila's name may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis or the Sturgis Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

 

     
   
     

Donald Gene Schoenberner

August 26, 1937 - November 29, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017

 

Donald was born August 26, 1937, to Harley “Smoky” and Maxine (Becker) Schoenberner in Rapid City, SD. He married Marilyn Lane on December 27, 1958, in Rapid City.
Don loved racing and drove stock cars at the Black Hills Speedway for several years. He also supported all of his sons in their motorcycle racing.
Don worked as a motor electrician in his own shop for many years and worked for the Rapid City School District.
Donald G. Schoenberner, 80, Newell, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marilyn Schoenberner; children, Deb (Gary) Williams, Todd (Donna), Brian, Dean (Wanda), and Kade (Laurie) Schoenberner; grandchildren, Shauna, Tara, Jess, Les, Lexi, Abbie, Carlee, Danielle, Brianna and Allyna, Remington, Marlee, Kalvin, and Kimber.
Visitation will be Friday, December 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Committal services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Piedmont Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Dale Herman Falk

April 5, 1965 - November 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, December 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Dale Herman Falk was born April 5, 1965, to Herman and Darlene (Keller) Falk in Deadwood, SD. He was raised in Newell and attended school in the Newell School District. He also attended Pluma School for several years before accepting a job at Pope and Talbot in Spearfish. He worked there for over twenty years until an injury forced him to stop.
Dale loved music and being around his friends and family. Whenever given the chance, you might find him set up with all his musical equipment in hopes to have others enjoy his music as much as he did. From an early age, he had an interest in anything that had wheels. He could describe the make, model, and color and owner of every car in Newell, going back many years. He was a gentle teddy bear and was loved by all who knew him.
After his mother passed away, Dale realized he could not handle her passing alone. It was at that time that he asked the Lord to help him heal his broken heart and be a part of his life. He was a faithful member of his church home in the Hickory House apartment complex. He found great joy in knowing that the Lord was always near in both the good and bad times.
Dale went to his heavenly home on November 24, 2017, after an automobile accident outside of Belle Fourche. He will be missed by so many.
Dale is survived by his brother, Gary of Spearfish, SD; his aunt, June Kosola of Newell , SD; uncle, Marvin (Ruth) Falk of Grand Junction, CO; nephew, Jason (Brittany) Falk of Box Elder, SD; nieces, Kenzie Falk of Rapid City, SD, Rileigh Falk of Spearfish, SD, Sara (John) Murphy of Sturgis, SD, and Laura (Sean) Pedro of Riverton, WY; many cousins; and special friends, Fred and Judee Wilson and family of Belle Fourche, SD.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Herman and Darlene Falk; brother, William; nephew, William Delbert; paternal grandparents, Anton and Sophia (Wennberg) Falk; maternal grandparents, Ellen (Wilcox) and William H. Keller; uncles, Ben E. Keller and Marvin Kosola; and step-grandfather, Ben F. Keller.
Services for Dale will be on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Newell Evangelical Church in Newell. Burial will follow in the Hope Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Newell Ambulance and the Newell Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Meriel M. McGlade

January 25, 1929 - November 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 

Meriel was born January 25, 1929, at Cresbard, SD, to Fred and Edith (Gross) Hansen. The Celtic meaning of the name, Meriel, is “Shining Sea Nymph.” With her red hair, shy smile, and sparkling eyes, she certainly lived up to her name. She loved her family and they returned that love. She accepted all 5 of us, including spouses, grandkids, and great-grandkids without question.
Meriel was a worker, always busy. She enjoyed gardening; her yard was immaculate, right down to her skunks and Kissing Dutch Boy lawn ornaments. She loved her pets, taking it pretty hard when they passed away. Even the garden snakes were safe in her yard! She loved her Pillsbury Dough Boys collection, even getting matching his/her Dough Boys PJs for Christmas one year! She was proud of her doll collection of which she painstakingly made all the dresses herself. Meriel was an excellent seamstress. She would see an outfit in a store but often times it would not fit. So she would buy the material and make her own!
Meriel was an excellent cook/baker. She made pies and jelly from their own apples, rhubarb, and strawberries. When you visited Meriel, always a dessert or a snack tray appeared. You never left Dad and Meriel’s hungry. She also made the best coffee!
Meriel’s house was spotless. Even when housekeeping got to be too much for her and she had help coming in, she would clean as best she could before they arrived. She didn’t want them thinking she was a bad housekeeper. Meriel enjoyed decorating the house for holidays. At Christmas, it was all about Santa, her Christmas dolls, nutcrackers, fun decorations, and Christmas olive cheese balls.
Meriel M. McGlade, 88, Whitewood, died Friday, November 17, 2017, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her spouse, Tom McGlade, Whitewood; children: Ricky Lillis, Belle Fourche; Tom (Donna) McGlade, Rapid City; Sue (Tim) Hinker, Santa Teresa, NM; Dan (Teresa) McGlade, Casper, WY; John (Mindy) McGlade, Casper WY, Bill (Kelly) McGlade, Aztec, NM; grandchildren, Jeff, Amy, Jared, Nicholas, Katie Jo, Erin, Josh, and Katie; and great-grandchildren, Regan, Cameron, and Daniel.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Black Hills Baptist Church in Whitewood. Inurnment will be at Whitewood Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

“Grief. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.”
C.S. Lewis

 

     
   
     

Boyd Nathan Johnson

May 17, 1923 - November 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, November 17, 2017. at 10:00 a.m.

 

Boyd Johnson was born May 17, 1923, east of Columbia, SD, on his grandma’s farm. He passed from this life on November 12, 2017, at the age of 94 ½ in Spearfish, SD.
Boyd enlisted in the army in 1942 and spent 29 months on Guadalcanal in the south Pacific during WWII. After his honorable discharge, he married Frances Hinderks on June 3, 1947, in Hecla, SD. Boyd attended college in Logan, UT, and USC in Los Angeles. He worked 27 years as an Occupational Therapist at the Ft Meade VA Hospital and retired in 1981.
Boyd is survived by his wife of 70 years, Fran; children, Jerry (Randa) Johnson, Rapid City, Dee Johnson (wife of deceased son, Bob), Gillette, WY, Nathan (Cheryl) Johnson, Gillette, WY, Joan (Chuck) Mutchler, Spearfish, Patty (Chuck) Dennis, Plymouth, MN, and Bill (Tracy) Johnson, Tuolumne, CA; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ann Gleason, and her husband, Chuck; and his son, Bob Johnson.
His family would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Vista for their kindness and compassion these past 2 years. We trust that dad is reunited with his deceased family and is also enjoying the perfect gin rummy hand with his card buddies. We love you and will miss you Dad!
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, with family present, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Fr. Arnold Kari officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please share your time and love with an elderly person. Memorials can also be made to the Sturgis Public Library.

 

     
   
     

Elaine Marie Schmidt

July 13, 1931 - November 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Elaine Marie Pfeifer Schmidt passed away peacefully Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Center.
She was born July 13, 1931, in Zeeland, ND, to Louie and Laya Pfeifer. Elaine married Maynard Schmidt on November 18, 1946, in Zeeland, ND. They resided on the family farm near Herreid, SD, until they retired to Sturgis, SD, in 1996. Elaine graduated from Pierre School of Nursing in 1975. She worked as a nurse in Ashley, ND, Eureka, SD, and the Fort Meade Veterans Hospital in Sturgis, SD.
Elaine's true passion was caring for her animals, especially cats. Every stray cat seemed to find Elaine's front door. She had a beautiful alto voice and loved to sing church hymns. She also had an angel collection that was very special to her.
Elaine is survived by her son, Keith (Annette), Loudon, TN; and her daughter, Cheryl, Belle Fourche, SD. She has three grandchildren: Melissa (Brett) Phillips, Franklin, TN, Jay Wilczynski, Spearfish, SD, and Chad Wilczynski, Rapid City, SD; two great-grandsons, Joshua and Kellan Phillips, Franklin, TN; a niece, Vivian (John) Pitlo, Bellevue, IA; and her sister-in-law, Donna Sutton, Longview, WA.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; her husband, Maynard; her parents; and her sister, Florence Fischer.
Visitation will be held 5-7 PM on Friday, November 17th at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis followed by lunch at the Knuckle Brewery, 2nd St., Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established for the Humane Society of the Black Hills and the family requests that all memoriums be made to that organization at 1820 E Saint Patrick St, Rapid City, SD 57703.

 

     
   
     

Karen Rae Crockford

February 14, 1944 - November 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017

 

Karen was born February 14, 1944, at Sioux Falls, SD, to Raymond Leonard and Maxine Mae (Conklin) Hudelson. She graduated from Sturgis Brown High School and worked at the Chat N Chew, Boulder Canyon Café, and the Senior Citizens Hall in Faith.
On March 13, 1993 she married James Crockford.
Karen loved crafts. She was known as the Dutch Oven Queen of the Rendezvous, that she and Jim attended. She also loved to dance and she was a seamstress for many of the people around Faith. She always took time to watch the Denver Broncos and she loved to have visitors.
Karen Rae Crockford, 73, Faith, died Friday, November 11, 2017, at her home in Faith.
Survivors include her husband, James Crockford; daughters, Ronda Tarrant, Dawn (Vaughn) Ryden, Sheila (Ryon) Larson, Anita Dickey and Renee Robb; stepchildren, Lyle (Deb) Crockford, Terry Crockford and DeeAnn Crockford; brothers, Walt (Mary) Hudelson, and Gary Hudelson; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Bert and Janet; her parents; and her favorite aunt, Joyce.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Thursday.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests a memorial to the Faith Cancer Walk.

 

     
   
     

Linda Gail Remington

October 15, 1943 - November 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017

 

Linda Gail Chowen was born October 15, 1943, in London Ontario, Canada to June Madeline (Abel) and Robert Wayne Chowen. Linda, along with her brother, Dennis, came to the USA in the winter of 1948 and made their home with Ma (Bernice) and Dad (Charles) Grant. Linda attended grade school at Empire, just East of Vale, and attended Vale High School.
Linda married Earl Jr. Remington on October 19, 1961, in the Vale Lutheran Church where she was a lifetime member. They moved to Red Owl where they made their home. Their children, Barb, was born November 13, 1962, and Craig, March 10, 1966. In 1962, they moved to Spearfish for work and returned to Red Owl in 1963. In 1970, they bought a farm near Vale and helped run a dairy farm with her parents. In 1983, they began and ran their own dairy farm until they sold it in 2001 and retired to the town of Vale.
Linda’s lifetime accomplishments included: being baptized in 1948; becoming a US Citizen in 1970; obtaining her GED in 1974.
Linda, 74, Vale, died Thursday, November 9, 2017, at her home in Vale.
She is survived by her husband, Earl; her children; daughter, Barbara (Bud) Ray, and son, Craig (Teresa) Remington; her brother, Dennis (Roxie) Chowen; her grandchildren, Michael Ray, Tyler Remington, Sumer (Blake) Hogan, and Hannah Cline; her great-grandchildren, Autumn and Jaxon Hogan; her birth-father, Bob Chowen, and his children, Melvin, Wayne, and Brenda Chowen; her sisters, Patti Hill and Bonnie (Geoff) Ryerson, and Fred Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernice and Charles Grant; nephew, Rick Michaels; her birth mother, June Park; and sister, Bonnie Chowen.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the Vale Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Rainbow Bible Ranch.

 

     
   
     

Charles Edward DeLeeuw

June 10, 1958 - November 5, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, November 10, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Charles Edward DeLeeuw was born in Mankato, MN, on June 10, 1958, to Dutch and Lillian (Mott) DeLeeuw, the fifth born of six children. He spent his early growing up years in Lake Crystal, MN. Charlie lost his left arm at the age of 13 in a hunting accident on October 2, 1971. His family moved to Rapid City, SD, in June of 1972, just days after the Rapid City flood.
After high school, he moved back to Mankato, MN, where he met Debbie Dahlen and they were married April 18, 1980. Charlie and Debbie raised two children, Heather Dawn and Thomas Charles. They moved to Rapid City in 1982 and have lived in the Black Hills area ever since. Charlie worked as a mechanic and truly enjoyed working at Angel Brothers.
Charlie's favorite things included riding his motorcycle, drag racing, Ford and Coca-Cola collectibles, filling his garage with tools and projects, listening to gospel music, researching war history, going to movies, and serving his family. Charlie lived an extreme life that didn't always agree with the "norm," but he lived big and with joy.
Charlie, 59, died unexpectedly Sunday, November 5, 2017, at his home in Piedmont.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughter, Heather; son, Thomas; three sisters, Mary DeLeeuw (Harlan Christianson), Barb (Steve) Dreyer, and Karen (Tom) Whitehead; and the two shining stars of his life, grandsons, Owen and Shaughn. Gramps, we will miss your jolly laugh.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill; and sister, Joyce.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Fountain Springs Church, 2100 N Plaza Drive, Rapid City. Burial will follow at the Nemo Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Richard Allen Griffith

March 22, 1970 - November 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017

 

Richard "Rich" Allen Griffith was born March 22, 1970, in Rapid City, SD. His parents were Thomas and Sharon (Schmaus) Griffith.
Rich attended several elementary schools while growing up as he moved around with his family in South Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming. He would talk of many memories from the different places he lived, but his fondest memories were spent in Montana at the 'Schmaus House' with his Grandpa Carl, Grandma Margaret, and brother, Scott. Many a story was told of the trouble Rich and Scott would get into all in the name of having fun and picking up cans with Grandma Margaret. He graduated from Sundance High School and left directly after graduation for boot camp for the Army National Guard. He was honorably discharged in January 1995.
Rich married Marla Ingalls on June 17, 1995. They lived in Gillette, WY. Rich worked as a mechanic, machinist, roustabout, and laborer while living in Gillette. They had one daughter, Kaylee Rae Griffith. They later divorced.
Rich enjoyed hunting/trapping, fishing, working on vehicles, and helping many people. After moving to South Dakota, Rich was very involved in the AA program. He touched many lives while being active in AA and will always be remembered by those people he helped.
Rich passed away surrounded by family on November 2, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Surviving are his daughter, Kaylee Griffith; her mother, Marla Griffith; his father, Thomas (Karen) Griffith; brother, Scott Riddell (Jody Nunez); sisters, Gwen Young and Jamie (Tim) Rath and children; brother, Sam Charles (Tori Sallee) and children; and DeeDee (Ron) Sowers.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Richards, and his grandparents.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 9, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating. Inurnment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Arvid "Ed" Brown

May 20, 1950 - October 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm Monday, November 13, 2017

 

Ed worked for Rochester Security services, and had a great passion for music, playing drums for the band, Mesa Drive.
Arvid "Ed" Brown, 67, Rapid City, was handed his angel wings on October 26, 2017.
He leaves behind his wife, Lynne, son, Ryan, daughters; Kelly, Roberta and Lynnette, sisters; Marcy and Mary Lou, and many friends.
A graveside service will be held, 1:00 pm Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with a celebration of his life to follow at the Veterans Club in Sturgis.
Kinkade Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

 

     
   
     

Cheryl Lou Richards

August 24, 1929 - October 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

 

Cheryl was born August 24, 1929, in Henry, SD, to Clifford Glidden and Arlene
(Aldous) Glidden. She graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1947 and prior to marrying the love of her life, Thomas W. Richards on September 5, 1948, she worked at the Bell Telephone Office and Creamery. Once married, they moved to the Trojan/Lead area and had 4 children together.
Cheryl worked at the Piggly Wiggly and Lead High School as they raised their family. She greatly enjoyed her family and was a loving mother & grandmother.
Cheryl was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Lead and was deeply devoted to helping church members and elderly neighbors in need. She played the cello beautifully and enjoyed all genres of music. Her family and friends will always remember her as a kind gentle soul as well as a patron of the arts.
Cheryl Lou Richards, age 88, died October 28, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Community in Spearfish, SD, after a lengthy illness.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Richards of Lead, SD; son, Conrad M. Richards (Bonnie) of Redford, MI; daughter, Roxanne M. Qualley (Steven) of Bloomington, IN; son, Travis G. Richards (Amy) of Lead, SD; son, Trent C. Richards (Lila) of Hawarden, IA; sister, Vera D. Iverson (Ken) of Manassas, VA; 10 grandchildren: April A. Decker (Nathan) of Bothell, WA; Michelle M. Qualley (Jason) of Bloomington, IN; Jon Richards (Adriana) of Deerborn Heights, MI; Ryan Richards (Charity) of Redford, MI; Jennifer McKenny (Jon) of Inwood, IA; Alecia Ellerkamp (Andy) of Culbertson, MT; Jasmine Kaskie (John) of LeMars, IA; Zach Richards (Carmen) of Moorcroft, WY; Kyle Richards of Emporia, KS; and Brooke Richards of Spearfish, SD; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her infant son, Mark T. Richards; parents, Clifford & Arlene Glidden of Belle Fourche, SD; sister, Betty Jensen of Spearfish, SD; and numerous lifelong friends that held a special place in her heart.
Services for Cheryl will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead, SD, on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Graveside rites will follow at the Mountain Lawn Cemetery. Pastor Connie Eichinger will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Cheryl’s life.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Donald Mark Clyne

April 13, 1954 - October 25, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Donald was born the only son of Donald LaVar and Betty (Moore) Clyne on April 13, 1954, Don had to contend with three sisters. Don grew up in Nampa, ID, where he attended Nampa High School. He enjoyed driving fast cars, and riding bulls in high school rodeo club. It was in Nampa where he met his first wife. Don became a father at a young age, but like many things in his life he was a natural at it. He was a fun and affectionate dad that always had time to play and laugh with his kids, even after working a twelve-hour shift.
Don was classically trained in the school of life. He wore many hats and did many jobs. Logger, construction worker, police officer, mechanic, trucker, demolitions expert (only by exaggerating his explosives experience) and the handiest man that we ever knew. He was very proud of his most recent position as building maintenance technician for the city of Deadwood.
Being a logger took Don and his family all over the western states. He worked in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, and finally settled in South Dakota. It was a warm summer night in Deadwood when he met his wife, best friend, and love of his life, Gail. He had been visiting his co-worker, LeeAnn (and future step-daughter), in the hospital while she recovered from gall bladder surgery. Gail showed up at the same time to pay her daughter a visit. It was an instant connection and they were married the following summer.
Don and Gail shared their home in Lead where they enjoyed each other’s company doing many activities. They loved to hike and bike in the Black Hills as well as shoot the ever-revolving gun collection that Don liked to keep. Gardening was also a hobby and a challenge in the Lead climate, but Don built elaborate watering systems and hail-proof protectors to keep their greens growing.
Ask anyone what they remember about Don, and they will tell you it was his humor. Don loved to laugh and to make others laugh. He would tease and play and joke; there was never a time that he wasn’t laughing about some crack he made or a prank he pulled.
Don always had a wild story to tell. Whether it was entirely truthful, was up to you to decide. However, some stories had scars for proof, like the time his chainsaw kicked back and cut open his thigh. He drove himself to the hospital with one hand holding his leg on and the other on the wheel. Fifty-five stitches later and he was still wielding chainsaws!
Generosity was one of Don’s most outstanding qualities. He would bestow gifts of knives or shoes or hats to unsuspecting visitors. He would never hesitate to offer a helping hand, especially if it meant carrying or hauling something heavy.
Donald Mark Clyne left this earth before we were ready to say goodbye. He passed peacefully on October 25, 2017, with his wife and kids by his side.
Don leaves behind his wife, Gail; children, Tara Clyne Rhodes, Olin Clyne, Bethany Clyne Reman, and Marcus Clyne; his mother, Betty Clyne; sisters, Susan Contreras, Sandra Chrest, and Lorie Stites; step-daughters, Lisa Burrer, LeeAnn Burrer, Leslie Burrer, and Lindsay Burrer; grandchildren, Serenity, Adriana, Sophie, Caden, Quinton, and Brennen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017, followed by graveside services at Mountain Lawn Cemetery in Lead, SD. Lunch will be immediately after at the VFW in Deadwood.
Why you had to leave us so early, we will never know. For this day and the rest to come, we will remember your laugh, your smile, your twinkling eyes, your loving heart, and your generous spirit.
In lieu of flowers, any contributions can be made directly to the family to aid with unexpected medical costs or to Make a Wish SD.

 

     
   
     

Ila Marie (Meginness) Aldren

January 24, 1941 - October 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017

 

Ila Marie (Meginness) Aldren was born January 24, 1941, in Eagle Butte, SD, to Ed & Ione Meginness. She married Richard Aldren, Sr. June 9, 1959. They raised 1 son and 3 daughters in Rapid City, SD, where she and her husband ranched for many years until his death. During this time, she also gained an Associate in Business. Upon retiring, she split her time between Rapid City and Wichita, KS.
Ila embraced being a wife and mother as well as rejoiced in the joys of a grandmother. She encouraged family traditions that centered on get-togethers, storytelling and laughter, surrounded by food enjoyed, that will continue for generations to come.
She was also always available to patiently teach the art of baking, which lead to the gathering of all interested for the yearly (infamous) “Christmas Cookie Chaos Day.” As spring approached, Ila’s enthusiasm would then turn to gardening, in which she would proclaim she wasn’t planting any more flowers and invariably, always did. Moreover, Ila’s pride in her children and grandchildren was always in the forefront. If possible, she attended any and all school/sport events including horse shows as well as gave praise for achievements, big or small.
This willingness to enjoy life’s daily pleasures was admired. Her belief the world is simply a nicer place if you greet and are friendly to those people around you, whether a store clerk or next-door neighbor. It was a practice that had a ripple effect and, more often than not, was passed forward.
As retirement evolved, Ila found later in life a vocation that was close to her heart. She became an advocate for any stray cat that needed a home and care. During the last several years, Ila lived in the “cutest” home in Maize, KS, where she spent time doing all she enjoyed including sitting by the fireplace, reading a good book and allowing the cats vye for affection and lap-time.
Additionally, her home became the haven for family and friends to enjoy coffee, conversation as well as her front porch was the perfect spot to watch the world go by.
In celebrating Ila’s life, which was marked by happiness, sadness and adversities, it is (above all) the love she gave and the love for her that is remembered and will endure.
On October 21, 2017, Ila died at her home after a short illness.
She is survived by her son, Richard Olaf Aldren, Jr.; daughters, Lynn Aldren-Owens, Shawn Aldren-Wilke, and Meredith Aldren-Cutler; sister, Ethel Swanson; and 5 grandchildren, Justin Rollins, Justene Wilke, Nicholas Owens, Morgan Owens, and Terra Cutler.
Ila was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Olaf Aldren, Sr.; parents, Ed Meginness and Ione Meginness; sister, Addie Mae Koester; brother, Bert Meginness; and grandson, Eric Owens.
Should family or friends desire, contributions may be donated to the following website: Morris Animal Foundation.org.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services with a prayer at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Graveside services will be Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis with Pastor Denzel Nonhof officiating.

 

     
   
     

DeWayne C. Tveidt

January 10, 1953 - September 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A LAter Date

 

DeWayne C. Tveidt was born January 10, 1953, to Lewis Tveidt and Esther (Hanson) Tveidt. He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1971. DeWayne lived and ranched on the family farm near Sturgis in Boulder Canyon and Meade County his entire life.
DeWayne also spent many years with the Meade County Sheriff’s office, where he started as a volunteer and then worked part time often doing nights and weekends. This led to many good stories and him attending DCI School in Pierre.
DeWayne enjoyed shooting and hunting, especially yearly deer hunts with friends. His hobbies included designing and modifying equipment to help get the work done around the farm. DeWayne enjoyed history, especially western S.D. history and would attended auctions in search of antiques, a passion he shared with his mother. He also had a love for fast cars, off road vehicles, and pickup trucks.
DeWayne, 64, passed away September 30, 2017, at his home in Sturgis.
DeWayne is survived by his sister, Eileen (Neil) Hodges of Fort Pierre; his niece, Estell (William) Johnson of Towanda, KS; his nephew, Darin (April) Hodges of Pierre, SD; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Esther Tveidt; grandparents, Lena (Spilker) Hanson and Lauritz and Kristiana Tveidt.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Junior Lyle Andersen

March 26, 1923 - October 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

Junior was born March 26, 1923, at Spearfish, SD, to Nels and Katrina (Evers) Andersen. He grew up in Spearfish and graduated from Spearfish High School.
Junior married Betty J. Bell on May 31, 1942. He worked at the Spearfish Co-op as a licensed cream tester, ice cream maker, and cheese and butter maker.
Junior served his country honorably in the US Army as a combat medic from 1943 until 1945. He received the bronze star, four battle stars, and numerous other citations. He returned home following his release as a POW and operated Andersen's Carpet and Drapery in Spearfish for 26 years.
He was active in his community and served with the Spearfish fire department and the Spearfish police department. Junior was a member of the VFW, POW, American Legion, and the DAV, as well as the SD Peace Officers Association and Fort Meade Volunteer Services.
Junior managed a furniture factory in Phoenix while living there for five years.
Junior L. Andersen, 94, Spearfish, died Thursday, October 12, 2017, at his residence.
Survivors include his son, Robert Andersen; daughter, Charlyne Sheehan; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Committal services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Buddy Gene Freidel

September 30, 1966 - October 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Buddy Gene Freidel was born September 30, 1966, to Howard and Jackie (Rollins) Freidel in Missoula, Montana. Buddy grew up in Black Hawk, S.D. In 1985 he graduated from Rapid City Central High School. Shortly after graduating he entered the Army where spent four years. Buddy enjoyed hunting which he often did with his father and brother. He and his siblings also spent a great deal of their childhood with their maternal grandparents L.C. and Joan Rollins. This time was spent riding horses, going to parades, horse shows, rodeos and working in the hay fields. Buddy was extremely talented in woodwork which translated into his own construction company.
Buddy met and married his wife, Dawn Herron in Black Hawk, S.D. October 4, 2013.
Buddy, 51, Piedmont, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at his home.
He is survived by his wife Dawn; sons, Jacob Laware, Ethan Freidel and Orrin Stoddard; grandson, Sebastian Stoddard; mother, Jackie, of Washington; sister, Christine (Jason) Foust, of Washington; brother, Joseph, of Iowa; and 2 nephews and 4 great nieces.
Buddy was preceded in death by his father, Howard R Freidel; his paternal and maternal grandparents.
A memorial service will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Dale Marvin Wolff

March 31, 1958 - October 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Dale was born March 31, 1958, in Sturgis, SD, to Marvin J. and Helmi V. (Johnson) Wolff. He grew up in Whitewood and attended school in Whitewood and Sturgis, finally obtaining his GED. Dale spent many years working for the Burlington Northern Railroad in Wyoming. He eventually left his job on a medical discharge.
Dale was a strong, independent individual who had his likes and dislikes. He said he would not judge as there was only One to judge. But he would form and carry strong opinions. Dale loved anything mechanical that had grease on it. He was gifted to fix something broken and make it work again. All that it took was his mind, his hands, and time. Dale thought man's best friend was a dog, and he always had one.
Dale loved the outdoors and hanging out with his friends. A favorite of his was going to Sand Creek camping with his buddies. They called themselves "The Extreme Campers!"
Dale had been known to say "when it's your time, it'll be your time…we never know!"
Dale Marvin Wolff, 59, Whitewood, SD, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2017, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
He is survived by his siblings, Vicki Jeffery, Sturgis, Terry Wolff, Newell, Sarah Nelson and Debra (Rick) Heinrich, Whitewood, Sandra Johnson, St. Paul, MN, Linda (Tom) Young, Spearfish, SD, Lloyd Wolff and Mike (Vicki) Wolff, Newell, SD, and Richard (Leah) Wolff, Casper, WY; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Helmi Wolff; an infant sister; and a nephew.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Meadow Cemetery near Roubaix.

 

     
   
     

Delbert Emo Brink

November 8, 1954 - October 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. Monday October 16, 2017

 


Delbert was born November 8, 1954, at Belle Fourche, SD, to Delmar and Jeanette (Walloth) Brink. He was raised at the home place at Fairpoint, SD, and attended country school there. He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1973.
Delbert owned and drove trucks for many years. He loved flying, racing, hunting, animals, and camping. He was known as the "dog whisperer."
He owned and operated the pawn shop in Deadwood for several years. He was a good businessman and entrepreneur. He owned several businesses over the years.
Delbert Emo Brink, 62, Sturgis, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
He survived life, including a horrific crash in 2010. He beat the odds and survived. His faith in the Lord saw him through many events. Delbert fought a long, hard struggle with diabetes for over 30 years, but never gave up or complained.
Delbert's greatest passion in life was loving his wife, children, grandchildren, and family. "You will always be loved, Papa."
Survivors include his wife, Robin, Sturgis; son, Justin Brink, Groves City, PA; daughters, Amie Dennison, Rapid City, Kelsi Dennis, Rapid City, and Keisha Dennis, Sturgis; grandchildren, Aisling, Daveon, Rylee, Makai, and Michael, Jr.; siblings, Marlin (Linda) Brink, Fairpoint, Neoma (Karl) Richter, Enning, and Keith Brink, Box Elder; sisters-in-law, Terry Brink, Sturgis and Betty Jo (Chet) Stone, Hermosa; brother-in-law, Les (Lisa) Albertson, Sturgis; special uncle, Daryl Brink, Sturgis; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Maggie, Burkee, and Koda.
Delbert was met in Heaven by his parents; grandparents; his brother, Darwin; his in-laws; and his faithful dog, Shadow.
Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 16, 2017, at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Mark Edward Devinney

April 19, 1954 - October 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Monday October 16, 2017

 

Mark was born April 19, 1954, in Luverne, MN, the second of five children born to James and Patricia (Walsh) Devinney. Mark grew up in Hardwick, MN, until the family moved. Mark graduated from high school in 1972 from Willmar Senior High School, Willmar, MN. Upon graduation, Mark enlisted in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged after 17 years of service to his country. He then worked for MCI and several other companies over the years.
Even though Mark loved playing in the snow as a child growing up in Minnesota, once he found the warmth of the South, he spent most of his life there. In recent years, he moved to Rapid City, SD, to be near family.
Mark Edward Devinney was called home by “his Lord and his Boss” on October 11, 2017, at the Fort Meade VA Hospice.
Mark is survived by two daughters, Marcie (Tomasz) Piotrowska of High Point, NC, and Myra Devinney of Scottsdale, AZ; three grandchildren; four sisters, Pauline (Steven) Staufacker, Camille (Charles) Callahan, and Julia (Shawn) Bitz, all of Rapid City, SD, and Jamielyn (Dale) Sauvage of Helena, AL; one aunt, Betty Devinney of Bloomington, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James, in 1993, and his mother, Patricia, in 1998.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 16, 2017, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Rapid City, SD, followed by burial with military honors at the Black Hills National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

 

     
   
     

Bernard "Benny" Goldade

June 9, 1937 - October 7, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017

 

Benny was born to George and Mary Goldade on June 9, 1937 at Glencross, SD. He married Betty Aubuchon on November 17, 1955, and to this union came 5 children; Rose, Cindy, Benny, Sandy and Scott.
Benny was a Drywall Contractor for most of his life.
Bernard Joseph “Benny” Goldade, 80 of Rapid City, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Rapid City at Hospice of the Hills.
Survivors include his daughters, Rose (Frank) Dupris, and Cindy Johnson (Dennis Meyers), all of Rapid City, SD; son, Scott Goldade of Sisseton, SD; brother, Jimmy Goldade of Springhill, FL; three sisters, Marie Morandin of Ocean Shores, WA; Helen Hubbard of Santa Rosa, CA; and Caroline Jangula of Brooksville, FL. He has 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; Betty, two children; Benny Jr. and Sandy Van Kley; parents, 3 sisters and 6 brothers.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Monday October 16, 2017, at the Sturgis Open Bible Church.

 

     
   
     

Daniel Kelly Keith

April 21, 1947 - October 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017

 

Dan was born April 21, 1947, in Gregory, SD, son of Ferdinand S. and Joyce Ann (Christensen) Keith. Dan attended school in Gregory, graduating in 1965. Dan was a proud member of the Gregory Gorillas basketball team when they played in the South Dakota State A Basketball Tournament in 1963. In his youth, Dan stayed busy hunting the surrounding fields and hills of Gregory and fishing the Missouri River.
Thanks to his athletic background, he received scholarships to play football, basketball, and baseball for the Pointers at USD/Springfield where Dan majored in science and physical education. While in college, Dan met his future wife, Joyce Osnes of Burke, SD. They were married in 1969 and spent the next 48 years in a loving, adventure-filled marriage. With teaching certificates in hand, they began their careers in secondary education. Dan entered the military in 1970 where he proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Dan’s career as a science teacher and coach spanned 37 years with stints in Delmont, SD, Wall, SD, and Gillette, WY. Dan and Joyce spent 27 fulfilling years in Gillette, as educators in Campbell County School District. Dan retired in 2006, and in 2007, the couple relocated from Gillette to their Black Hills cabin near Lead, SD, where they have enjoyed their retirement years.
Dan always wanted a son to share his love of the outdoors. He was blessed with two: Kelly born in 1977 and Brit in 1983. He felt especially lucky when daughter-in-law, Lacey Gerving, joined the family. Kelly and Lacey’s three children (Michael, Kelsey, and Caden) were the icing on Grandpa Dan’s cake. Brit brought Kimberly Wenger into our family to make it even better and more complete.
Dan loved to fish, hunt, and spend time visiting Maitland Road neighbors in his duty as the unofficial, self-appointed Mayor of Maitland. Dan enjoyed several fishing trips to Canada and Alaska, and closer jaunts to two of his favorite fishing holes: Orman Dam and Shade Hill Reservoir. Hiking expeditions into Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains over the years were always adventurous. South Dakota, Wyoming, and North Dakota also provided numerous opportunities for successful hunting trips for Dan.
Daniel Kelly Keith, 70, of Lead, SD, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.
Dan will be deeply missed by his wife, Joyce of Lead, SD; son, Kelly and Lacey Keith and grandchildren, Michael, Kelsey, and Caden of Lead, SD; son, Brit Keith and Kim Wenger of Sheridan, WY; sister-in-law, Gladys Keith of Eagle River, AK; brother-in-law, Doug and Julie Osnes of Pierre, SD; sister-in-law, Janet and Steve Legersky of Redstone, CO; niece, Patty and Jeff Rusher of California, MD; niece, Caroline and Doug Downs of Fairbanks, AK; nephew, Greg and Jaymee Keith and sons of Eagle River, AK; niece, Amber and Travis Antholz and daughters, Lincoln, NB; nephew, Drew Osnes, Pierre, SD; special cousin, Sara Webster of Edmond, OK; special uncle, Frank Kucera of Lead, SD; several cousins; and numerous friends all of whom enjoyed Dan’s surly but loving personality.
Dan was preceded in death by his sister, Marque Keith; parents, Joyce and Ferd Keith; his sister, Lura Mae Vernon; and his brother, Dean Keith.
Memorial service and burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD, on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
Memorials in Dan’s name can be made to organizations of the donor’s choice.

 

     
   
     

Lawrence "Larry" Bride

February 22, 1936 - August 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017

 

Larry was born in Yankton, SD, on February 22, 1936, to Joseph and Helen (Schneider) Bride. Larry was the middle child of five siblings ~ the late Patricia Kreber, Joe Bride, Dave Bride, and the late Kathie Grooms.
Larry grew up farming in the Missouri River Valley and attended country schools from 1st-8th grades. He then went on to Yankton High School, where he excelled in football and track and met the love of his life, Rochelle Hebner. They started dating in 1953 and after high school, with Rochelle’s encouragement, he left farming and followed his true calling ~ receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield, SD, in 1959 and a Master’s in Education from South Dakota State University in 1965.
Larry and Rochelle married on June 2, 1958. Larry enjoyed a successful coaching and teaching career spanning 38 years in many small, tight-knit communities in South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, and Wyoming. He also had the honor of being invited to coach Track at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in the summer of 1981. His humor, talent, and gentle nurturing had a lasting impact on many of his students and athletes. Larry's interests and hobbies varied from camping, hunting and fishing to golfing, woodworking, traveling and sports of all kinds (especially track and football). Depending on where the Bride family lived at any given time, Larry was also active in the Elks, Kiwanas, Lions Club, PTA, and Chamber of Commerce. A life-long Catholic, Larry (along with Rochelle) counseled engaged couples through Marriage Preparation and served as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Ushers. After retiring in Sheridan, WY, Larry and Rochelle moved to Grand Junction, CO, for 5 years. Then in 2005, they moved to Sturgis, SD, in their beloved Black Hills and stayed until 2015 when they moved to Denver to be closer to some of their children.
Larry’s love and pride for his family resonated in everything he did and said. He will be dearly missed by his entire family.
Lawrence “Larry” William Bride of Denver, CO, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on August 23, 2017, after a six year battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Larry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rochelle; two brothers, Joe (Jeanne) and Dave (Doris); children, Melisa (Scott) Neil, Michael (Lisa) Bride, Erin (Fred) Telleen, and Shannon (Brendan) O’Neill; grandchildren, Matt (Cayte), Kit (Chelsey), and Brie Neil, Rachel, Tara, and Mitch Bride, Keeli and Kyle Telleen, and Grace O’Neill; and great-grandchildren, Beckett, Dinah Grace, Sadie, Chloe, and Connor Neil; sister-in-law, Ruthanne (Jerry) Huber; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Bride Family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful team at Encompass Home Health & Hospice and Senior Helpers for their gentle care and comfort.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, www.lbda.org or St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.
Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at St. Martin’s Chapel in Sturgis with father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment at St. Aloysius Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Kitty Fern Coffield

May 26, 1939 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Kitty Fern Coffield was born May 26, 1939. The daughter of Joseph and Delvia (Smith) O’Dell, Kitty passed away unexpectedly on September 23, 2017.
Kitty began her teaching career in the Terraville school district and was a long time substitute teacher for the Lead-Deadwood school system. She was a strong believer in No Child Left Behind.
She enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and was a very active collector of all things Unicorns.
She is survived by her five children, Jack Raymond Coffield of Spearfish, Johnny Dale (Judy) Coffield of Belle Fourche, Susan Dell (Tom) Transcynger of Gillette, WY, Sherry Marie (Kenny) Leaver of Whitewood, and Kasey James (Kristine) Coffield of Spearfish; twelve grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one sister, Flo (O'Dell) Barnes of Baltimore, MD; three brothers, Joseph O'Dell of Blundt, SD, and Doyle O'Dell of Lead, SD and Randall Shell; partner, Mike Porter of Deadwood; and extended family.
Preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, James O'Dell and John Charles O'Dell and one sister, Jackalynn O'Dell.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated.
Please join us for a Remembrance of Kitty on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bowman Hall, 1001 8th Avenue, Belle Fourche, SD.

 

     
   
     

Doris Mae Bigler

January 17, 1926 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Doris was born January 17, 1926, at Dupree, SD, to Oscar and Gena (Knudson) Herren. Doris attended grade school at Sunnybrook Rural School and graduated from High School at Dupree in 1943. She attended Black Hills State College in 1944 and 1945 and several summer sessions. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1966.
She was united in marriage to Richard Bigler on November 6, 1957, at Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Doris spent 36 years teaching in rural and city schools. She retired from teaching in 1991. The balance of her years was spent on the farm.
Doris M. Bigler, 91, Piedmont, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at her home.
Survivors include her daughters, Vonda and Darla; one grandson, Jackson and Dick Bigler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters.
Private family services will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Casper J. "Cap" Heidrich

January 4, 1927 - September 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017

 

Casper “Cap” was born January 4, 1927, at Linton, ND, to Rudolf and Philippina (Rohich) Heidrich. He attended country school near Strasburg, ND, and worked on the family farm.
In 1942, he moved to Vale and in 1944, he moved to Nisland where he worked in the beet fields.
On March 4, 1948, he married Clara Evelyn Einfalt at Belle Fourche, SD.
Cap worked as a hired man until 1949 and spent two winters at Homestake in Lead.
He was drafted in 1952 and served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps and was discharged as a corporal.
He returned to farming until 1974, when they sold out and Cap went to work for the Newell School District as the Nisland school janitor for 18 years. He drove a school bus for 31 years.
Cap was a member of the Nisland Post 33 American Legion.
Casper J. “Cap” Heidrich, 90, Nisland, died at his home on Monday, September 18, 2017.
Survivors include his wife, Clara; son, Bill (Sandy) Heidrich; daughters, Nancy Reid and Patsy Martin; brother, Harry (Jessie) Heidrich; sister, Jean Kryzsko; and three grandchildren, Lyle Hanson, Cody (Cassie) Heidrich, and Clay Heidrich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, three brothers, and three sisters.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, at the Nisland Independent Community Church in Nisland. Burial will follow, with military honors by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial to the Nisland Volunteer Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Audrey Ellen Meyer

November 16, 1920 - September 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Audrey Ellen Bartlett Meyer was born November 16, 1920, in Kinghurst County, MN, to Vance Lovette and Sylvia Hazel (Grier) Bartlett.
She married Lawrence William Truax and they settled in Onamia, MN. Three children were born to this union; David William, Joanne Ellen, and Judy Ann.
Audrey worked at several jobs and enjoyed high ranking positions in the Rebecca Lodge in Sturgis. Helping others was her joy.
Audrey married Paul Meyer in 1985 and they lived in Sturgis, SD. They wintered in their comfy trailer in Quartzite, AZ, at their daughters ‘desert family property where daughter, Joanne, lived. Holidays were a joy with visitors from both Audrey and Paul’s families.
Audrey passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Happy to have shared her life are her son, David William (Judy) Truax, Maiden Rock, WI; daughter, Judy Ann Rees, Carlsbad, CA; six grandchildren, Steven and Brian Truax, Patrick Holbert and Kelly Shermak, Dell Weinkauf and Tonia Chambers; great-grandchildren, Caleb and Phillip Truax, Lacy Shermak, Jassandra and Cashton Holbert and Greg Weinkauf ; and one great-great-grandchild, Jacelyn Chambers; sisters, Lorraine Larson, Minn., and Barbara ”Bobby” Austin, Torrance, CA; brothers, Darwin (Mardell) Bartlett, Red Wing, MN, Vance Bartlett, Bruno, MN, and Douglas (Arlou) Bartlett, Chugiak, AK.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joanne Ellen Weinkauf-Donavan; husband, Paul Meyer; sisters, Vivian Anderson and Jocelyn Ridgway; and brothers, Jeffery, Lary, Norman, and Elwin.
Visitation is Sunday, September 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.
Funeral service will be held Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Spearfish. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A Memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Gary Wayne Lippold

November 6, 1950 - September 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017

 

Gary was born November 6, 1950, in Topeka, KS, to Wayne and Janet (Cruickshank) Lippold. The family moved to Corpus Christi, TX, in 1954, and remained in the state of Texas settling in the Austin area prior to Gary’s elementary school years.
Gary was a lifelong Texas Longhorn fan, since the day Darrell Royal visited his neighborhood in Austin, TX, and threw a pass to Gary (which Gary caught). Gary loved football and supported his Texas teams his whole life.
Gary graduated from Liberty Hill High School in Liberty Hill, TX, in 1969. As a sophomore in high school, Gary proved to be an entrepreneur raising cattle and 1,000 hogs, which he sold to pay for his college education. In his youth, Gary loved golf, water skiing, hunting, and fishing.
Gary graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in accounting. Upon graduation, Gary went to work for J. Storm Drilling in Corpus Christi as an accountant.
Gary put his whole heart into everything he did. So it was when he established Glencoe CampResort in 1982, building it into a large and successful enterprise. His family’s involvement during the Rally each year made these the happiest years of Gary’s life. His folks, Wayne and Janet, ran the concession stands, his sister, Peggy, and brother-in-law, Ed, and family were often able to help and several long-time employees were as close as family; Fritz Lamphere, Cindy and Shawn Cruickshank, RT Shaw, and Jan Lamphere. Over the years, Gary was happy to work with the clients of New Dawn Center at Vale, providing many of them second chances at life.
In December 1991, Gary helped establish Sturgis Rally and Races to better manage and organize the annual motorcycle Rally. It was Gary’s vision that the Rally return a tangible benefit to the residents of Sturgis.
Then he built Sturgis Dragway, Kickstart Travel Center, the Thunderdome, started Big G Construction, and became partners in Sturgis Bike Week, a t-shirt printing company. Since he missed raising cattle in Texas, during this time, he purchased a beautiful ranch near Enning, SD, where he made many improvements to the dams and infrastructure.
Gary was proud of his successful businesses, yet the story of Gary’s life can only be told by the things he did to help other people. Gary was a master organizer and problem solver. He was involved in more fund raising events than any of us can remember, including raising money for rural fire departments, friends with medical problems, community fund raisers and many others. In 1993, Gary organized an informal “inauguration” for Meade County resident Walter Dale Miller who became governor when Gov. Mickelson was killed in an airplane crash. Gary studied the art of catering to large groups of people, put together a battle plan, drew it out meticulously with every conceivable detail covered, then he and his friend, Bob Davis (and a large number of volunteers), fed over 3,000 people in 20 minutes.
Gary was a board member of the Greater Lifecare Foundation, Sturgis Area Business Alliance, and Meade Co. Taxpayers for Responsible Government.
Nothing was more dear to Gary’s heart than the Lippold Hospice Unit at Sturgis Regional Hospital. This wonderful facility was dedicated in 2005 and named in honor of Gary’s parents. At the dedication Gary said, “There is not a more compassionate or valuable gift than the support that hospice provides in a family’s greatest hour of need.” Countless families have been comforted over the years from this jewel in our community.
Gary will also be remembered as the co-founder of the Sturgis Mustang Rally, which just completed its 11th year. Gary’s superior organizational skills, dedication to a project, and determination certainly played a vital role in making the Mustang Rally into such a successful event.
Sturgis businessman Gary Wayne Lippold died September 11, 2017, at the Lippold Hospice Suite after a heroic battle with cancer.
Gary Lippold is survived by his muscle and enforcer, soulmate and love of his life, Robin Shrake; brothers, Gregor Lippold, Newell, Bob (Thelma) Lippold, Portland, TX, and Peggy (Ed) Luna, Troy, TX; nieces, Janell (Keith), Jamie Lynn (Clark), Tana, and Jalee; nephew, William; and special friend, Bob Davis.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Janet Lippold; and foster brother, John Bailey.
A visitation will be held Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Sturgis Community Center.
A memorial has been established to the upkeep and maintenance of the beloved Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Helen Marie Dunbar

July 14, 1918 - September 7, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017

 

Helen Marie (Johnson) Dunbar was born July 14, 1918, to Clyde and Sylvia Johnson in the village of Big Falls, MN. Sometime later, the family moved to Bemidji, MN, where her father took on several business ventures trying to support a growing family. Helen graduated from the Bemidji school system.
The family then made a final move to McArthur, CA, to start a gas station-bar business. Helen eventually left Minneapolis, MN, to be with her sister, Marian. She then met Jack Dunbar and they were married in 1938 in Minnesota. Jack was a Gray Hound bus driver which led to several moves during which time Helen took on sales clerking jobs, mainly for J C Penny's.
Retirement brought them back to McArthur, CA, until Jack's death in 2003. Helen sold their property in 2005 and because of poor health, her niece, Helen Yantes, brought her to Sturgis, SD, in 2007. Recovering (Helen) was able to be in her own apartment and maintain her independence until her death September 7, 2017, at Deadwood Regional Hospital.
Helen is survived by her sister, Therese Johnsen of Redding, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Dunbar; her parents; and six siblings.
Helen's legacy is she never met anyone she didn't like and everyone liked her sweet and fun personality. Anyone who knew Helen knew she was a regular at Mineral Palace Gaming, where she was treated like family. They all watched over her and she felt like it was home away from home.
Rest in peace dear soul-You will be missed.
Memorial services will be held Friday, September 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will be in Minnesota at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Debra Raye Enright

June 4, 1952 - September 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Debra Raye Enright, 65, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Debra was born June 4, 1952, in Mobridge, SD, to Henry and Ramona (Horst) Scherer. Debra graduated from Lead High School in 1970, and from Black Hills State University in 1997. She worked for many years as an accountant in the Lynn's corporate office in Rapid City. Debra was president of the Grace Lutheran Church Women and on the governing council at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Even though Deb had no children of her own, her love for children was demonstrated through the love and joy she shared with her nieces and nephews as well as the children of Grace Lutheran Church through her puppet ministry.
Debra is survived by her husband, Dillard Enright, Sturgis; mother, Ramona Scherer, Sturgis; and her siblings, David (Sherry) Scherer, Lead, Deanna Mattox, Rapid City, Doreen McGlade, Casper, WY, Dan (Amy) Scherer, Rapid City, Denise Noetzel, Redding, CA, Delphia (Kevin) Johnson, Elko, NV, and Jim (Cheryl) Welckle, Oracle, AZ. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Justin (Kendra) Enright and Scott Enright; mother-in-law, Lucille Enright; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; father, Henry Scherer; nephew, Jesse Scherer; brother-in-law, David Mattox; and father-in-law, Bruce Enright.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Relay for Life and to Grace Lutheran Church

 

     
   
     

Reverend Donald Earle Hadrick

February 15, 1934 - August 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Reverend Donald Earle Hadrick, 83, of Boulder Canyon, SD, passed away August 20, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Earlier in the day, Don celebrated his 57th wedding anniversary with his wife, Jean.
Don was born February 15, 1934, near Faulkton, SD, to Louis and Bertha (Elliott) Hadrick. He grew up on the farm but left at a young age. Don enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1953 and was transferred to Marine Corps Depot in San Diego, CA. Due to an injury at a very young age, Don was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. Don then went to Minneapolis and worked in a pharmacy until 1956 when he responded to his calling to be a minister. He returned to South Dakota and attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD. While attending Dakota Wesleyan University, he met the love of his life, Virjean "Jean" Dykes and they married on August 20, 1960, at the Presbyterian Church in Bridgewater, SD, by Dr. Jack Early. (Dr. Early baptized all four of Don’s children). In 1960, Don graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a degree in History and Jean graduated from the Methodist School of Nursing.
While attending Dakota Wesleyan University, Don served the Methodist Churches in Kennebec and Reliance and continued to serve both churches for one year after graduation. In 1961, Don and Jean moved to Kansas City so Don could attend St. Paul School of Theology. While attending seminary, Don worked at Wyandotte Detention Center for Youth and they welcomed their first child, Mark Donald. In 1962, Don and Jean moved to Faith where Don served the Faith United Methodist Church and Plainview Community Church. Don completed his theology training at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and they welcomed their second child, Laura Jean.
In 1966, Don and Jean moved from Faith to Tulare where Don served the Tulare United Methodist Church, St. John United Church of Christ, and Salem United Church of Christ. In 1967, Don was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church and they welcomed their twins, Darla Kay and Brian Ray.
In 1969, Don was involved in a near fatal car accident and spent a month in the hospital and many more months recovering.
In 1972, Don was appointed to Selby, SD, where he served the Selby United Methodist Church and the Lowery Pilgrim United Church of Christ. During this time, Don served on the board of the South Dakota Mental Health Association and was later elected President. During his time at Selby, he was bestowed the nickname RD (Reverenced Don).
In 1979, Don was appointed to Webster, SD, and served the Webster and Bristol United Methodist Churches. Don worked with the area ministerial association and helped several families in refugee resettlement programs. Don served the community of Webster as a member of the Kiwanis Club and learned to roll cotton candy for the masses!
In 1985, Don was appointed to Deadwood United Methodist Church. Don loved the Black Hills and loved his role as Preacher Smith during the Days of 76. Don was also instrumental in erecting a monument at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, honoring Preacher Smith.
In 1989, Don was appointed the Senior Pastor at the Redfield Greater Parish. He served this appointment until 1996 when Don and Jean retired from the ministry and moved to Boulder Canyon, SD. Don and Jean moved into their retirement home which was built by their children and Don loved to show it off to anyone who stopped by. Sometimes the tours took several hours and included a meal.
Even though Don retired officially in 1996, he continued to serve the Lord as a pulpit supply pastor for many years until his Alzheimer’s refused to allow him to continue.
During his many years of ministry, Don served the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church in many capacities including: Board of Ordained Ministry, Board of Missions, Board of Trustees, Conference Council on Finance and Administration, and Camping Council.
In 2010, Don was honored as a Jubilee Clergy (clergy members serving 50 years) by Bishop Debra Lieder-Kiesey.
Don was a Mason and joined the lodge in Faulkton, SD. He served the Masons in various capacities and in 2015, Don was presented with a gold lapel pin honoring his 60 years of membership.
Don gave of himself and donated over 10 gallons of blood over the years.
Don loved the Lord and he loved to “Tell the Story.” Don loved people, those he knew and those he did not know and he always had a smile, a handshake, and a cup of coffee for anyone willing to accept it.
Don gave of himself and encouraged everyone to do better than they thought they could do. He never gave up, never gave in and fought the battle for the Lord with courage, dignity, integrity and love. Well done good and faithful servant.
Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virjean (Dykes) Hadrick; four children, Mark (Judy) Hadrick of Yuba City, CA, Laura (Todd) Baase of Santee, CA, Darla Hadrick of Selby, SD, and Brian Hadrick of Springfield, NE; his brother, Robert (Marilyn) Hadrick; brothers-in-law, Dale Dykes and Dan (Vicki) Dykes; sisters-in-law, Ardyce Hadrick, Janice Hadrick, and Glenda Stephenson; 8 grandchildren, Hiromi Tomita, Whitney Higgens, Jennifer Baase, Scott Baase, Brandon Hadrick, Kortney Hadrick, and Hanna and Halin Hadrick; 4 great-grandchildren, Grant Higgens, Garrett (Ali) Higgins, Emily Leonard, and Dax Tomita; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Kinzy, Ryan, Aysen, and Aubrey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha and Louis Hadrick; his in-laws, Nathan and Marie (Gossel) Dykes; two brothers, Charles Hadrick and Harold Hadrick; three sisters-in-law, Wanda (Dykes) Buell, Marlene Dykes , and Kathy Dykes; and one great-grandchild, James Leonard.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a family service beginning at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel and a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Sturgis United Methodist Church with Pastor Sharla McCaskell (Rev. Hadrick’s confirmation student) officiating.
In lieu of flowers and cookies, memorials have been established in Don's name for Alzheimer's on a local level, to the churches he served, and to the scholarship fund at the Faulkton Methodist Church.

 

     
   
     

Cindy Marie Vetter

June 25, 1964 - August 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Cindy was born June 25, 1964, in Hamilton, MT, to Gary and Barbara (Thornbrugh) Grotte. She grew up in Watford City, ND, and graduated from Watford City High School in 1982.
Cindy loved to work and to be around people. She started working in the Park Theater in Watford City at age 12 then worked at the Dahl House Cafe as a server at age 13 on weekends and after school. Cindy loved and looked forward to visiting her grandmother, Peggy, aunt, Sandy, uncle, Tony, uncle, Joe, aunt, Judy, and her cousin, Stacy, and all of her other cousins in Victor, MT, every year. Cindy and Arny were married at Watford City and lived and worked there and in Alexander, ND, until moving to Sturgis, SD, in 1991 to run Mom’s restaurant for many years. They also opened and ran The Last Ride on Junction. They moved to Gillette, WY, in early 2007.
She would drive to Sturgis as often as possible to see her grandchildren and to attend as many sports activities as possible. She was passionate and defensive of all of her grandchildren.
She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2009 and survived that for 8 years. She held numerous jobs in Gillette, her favorite and last being at Advance America. She and her boss, Tonya, became the best of friends. They were like Peanut Butter and Jelly; they planned to get tattoos, each with a slice of bread with peanut butter and jelly. She also was blessed with another best friend in Jessica Jones. Jess lived across the street from Cindy and Arny. Jess was always stopping in to check on her and she organized a benefit auction for Cindy in Gillette. She worked at Advance America up until being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. After being diagnosed with her 2nd cancer, she wanted nothing more than to move back home to Sturgis.
Cindy Marie Vetter, 53, Sturgis and Gillette, passed away Monday, August 6, 2017, in Rapid City, SD.
Cindy is survived by her husband of 35 years, Arnold Vetter; son, Gary (Alicia) Vetter of Sturgis, and their children, Kiara, Dylan, and Ayden; son, Bryan Vetter of Gillette, WY, and his children, Jaiven and Gabe; daughter, Nicole (James) Dean of Burt, IA, and their children, Dustin, Skyliar, Jaedyn, Braxton, and Teagan; her parents, Gary and Barbara Grotte of Sturgis; brother, Chad (Rhonda) Grotte of Malta, MT; and also her dog, Moto.
Cindy was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Wayne Grotte; aunt, Jann Grotte; uncle, Tony Thornbrugh; grandparents, Wayne and Peggy Thornbrugh and Joel and Edyth Grotte; Arnold’s mother, Marlene Vetter; and Arnold’s grandparents, Glen and Mabel Inghram and Adam and Laura Vetter.
Visitation will be Friday, August 11, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the JDRF Minnesota Chapter/Dakotas.

 

     
   
     

Diane Irene McClintick

March 11, 1948 - July 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017

 

Diane Irene McClintick (Sanders) was born on March 11, 1948, in Fargo, ND, to John and Ramona (Johnson) Sanders.
Diane was the sister to four other siblings, Susan (Sanders) Gross, Wayne Sanders, Brenda (Sanders) Stasko and Sally (Sanders) Moore.
She received her high school diploma from Mapleton High School in 1966 and then attended Mayville University to get her teaching degree.
Diane moved to Sturgis, SD, and married Billie Mathew McClintick. Diane loved her family and cats, but also enjoyed traveling, baking and her love of God, church and her church family.
Diane died Sunday, July 23, 2017, in Fargo, ND.
She is survived by her spouse, Billie McClintick; children, James Calvin McClintick, Marie (McClintick) Hanson and Annette Joy (McClintick) Sharff; she was blessed to have nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be Monday, July 31, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Gerald Meadows officiating. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to Crossroads Assembly of God Church.

 

     
   
     

Willard "Bill" LeRoy Grenz

June 19, 1950 - July 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

 

Bill was born to Willard and Dorothy (Reinhold) Grenz on June 19, 1950.
He married Linda Wilson on May 25, 1969. She was a helpmate, companion and his love for over 49 years. This union was blessed with two loving sons.
Bill grew up in Piedmont, SD, where he went to elementary and junior high. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1968. He worked for his father at Sturgis Meat Service and then went on to Black Hills Power and Light in Wyodak, WY. He owned a business in Upton, WY, before moving back to Sturgis where he later became a truck driver until his retirement in 2015.
Willard “Bill” Grenz went into the loving arms of Jesus on July 24, 2017, at home surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Grenz, son, Burt (Aimée)of Holland, MI; son, Bart (Stacey) of Cody, WY; four grand-children, Schylar, Jared, Julianna and Tyler; brothers, Duane Grenz and Ron (Jackie) Gapp; sister, Patty (Mark) Pottorff; mother-in-law, Freda Wilson; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Mike) Silbaugh and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Willard D. Grenz, John and Dorothy Gapp, two brothers, one sister and his grandparents.
Memorials are established at the Assembly of God Church in Sturgis and John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute in Rapid City.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 6:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor J.R. Meadows officiating.

 

     
   
     

Fidelia Beatrice Kosola

June 14, 1922 - July 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

Fidelia Beatrice Carriers was born June 14, 1922, at Castle Rock, SD, to Alexander and Emelda (Monty) Carriers. She attended country school at Castle Rock. She enjoyed climbing the Castle Rock Butte with her sibling, riding horses on their sheep ranch, and playing piano by ear. She was a member of various groups who played for a lot of dances over the years. At the time of her death she was the only living survivor of all those groups.
On March 30, 1942, she married David L. Tompkins where they made their home on the G.P. Foster farm east of Newell. They raised sheep and farmed. She was a great cook, gardener, and canned wonderful things. She had also worked at the Newell Sale Barn. To this union was born five children, David, Linda, Robert (died as an infant), Wanda, and Kathleen "Kathy." They divorced in 1960. Fidelia married Robert W. Kosola, May 24, 1962, in Deadwood, SD, and remained in the Newell area where she worked 25 years at various restaurants including the popular "Cove Café."
She was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church and Altar Society. She was also a member of the NVN Center and card clubs while living in Newell.
After her husband, Robert, died in 2002, she moved to Spearfish where she fully retired and became an active member of the Spearfish Senior Center and St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Fidelia Kosola, 95, Spearfish, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Center in Spearfish after a brief illness with the aid of the hospice program in the presence of her four children.
Survivors include her children, David E. Tompkins, Spearfish, Linda Sundstrom, Huntley, MT, Wanda Wood, Glendale, AZ, and Kathy (Clayton) Doan, Belle Fourche; five grandsons; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Cecilia Sundstrom, Newell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and infant son, Robert.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spearfish with burial at the Hope Cemetery in Newell.
A memorial has been established through St. Joseph's Catholic Church for the Newman Center on the campus of Black Hills State University.

 

     
   
     

Joseph Michael Dropik, IV

October 31, 1975 - July 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017

 

Joseph Michael Dropik the 4th was born in Minneapolis, MN, on October 31, 1975, to Joseph Michael Dropik III and Donna (Elias) Kolb.
He attended Patrick Henry high school, after which he joined the Air Force as a munitions specialist. He was stationed in England where he married and had a daughter Kelsey. He then was stationed at Rapid City, South Dakota, where he had a son Trei Camden Dropik. After 20 years of service in the Air Force, he retired. He loved fishing with his son Trei, watching sports and seeking new adventures. He absolutely loved his work; he will be dearly missed by family friends and loved ones.
Joseph Michael Dropik, IV, Rapid City, SD, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade, SD.
Survivors include his mother, Donna (Pat) Kolb; daughter, Kelsey Dropik; son, Trei Dropik and special friend, Shelly Gray.
He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, step- brother, aunt and uncle.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors.

 

     
   
     

Lynn Russell Dunn

April 30, 1933 - July 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, July 10, 2017, at 10L00 a.m.

 

Lynn was born April 30, 1933, in rural Harding County, SD, to Herman and Blanche (Thomas) Dunn. He was the youngest of eight children. Lynn served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He farmed and ranched on the Redwater before purchasing his current farm east of Vale in 1961.
Lynn married Dorothy Weyrich of rural Sturgis on June 4, 1953, in Belle Fourche. They reared their four sons, James, Daniel, Mark and Keith on the farm. Lynn started with sheep and switched to dairy cows in the 70's before retiring in the late 1990's. He loved to travel the country in his RV with his wife, Dorothy, which included several trips to Alaska.
Lynn served the local community throughout his life, first as a member of the Butte County Weed Board then thirty years on the Butte-Meade Rural Sanitary Water District Board in which he was instrumental in establishing in the late 1960's-early 1970's. He was awarded "Outstanding Young Farmer" in 1979 and was active in supporting FFA activities where he was awarded multiple honorary degrees including the State FFA Degree in 1983. He was an active member of the Empire Friends Church until it was closed.
Lynn R. Dunn, 84, rural Vale, died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy of Vale; his sons, James and his wife, Sarah, and their children, Ryan and Rachael of Austin, TX; Daniel and his wife, Wanda, and their children, Jennifer, Michael, Danielle and Kristen of Vale; Mark and his wife, Lori, and their children, Kevin, Scott and Brian of Conroe, TX; Keith and his wife, Colette, and their children, Brianne and Logan of Vale. He has five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Sara Lee Stark of New Underwood and Willanore Ruby of Belle Fourche.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kenneth; sisters, Hazel, Maxine, Helen and an infant sister.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 10, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Burial will follow at the Vale Cemetery.
"By the visions of our father, touched by his loving sons" - Justin Hayward, Graham Edge

 

     
   
     

Amanda May Voisin

June 8, 1983 - July 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017

 

Amanda May, 34, of Saint Onge, SD earned her wings into heaven on Monday July 3, 2017 after a short but brave, strong & courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Mitchell, SD on June 8, 1983.
Amanda was an amazing and beautiful soul with the most beautiful, big eyes. She accomplished many feats in her life. Her outgoing nature & love to make a difference was sparked at the age of 11 at Spearfish Middle School and continued on-through Spearfish High School. She competed in Science Olympia, was in Art & French Club, lettered in Academics and was a member of The National Honor Society. She graduated in 2001 and went on to achieve several degrees and was currently working towards a B.A. in Art and Graphic Design at Black Hills State University.
She served in the U.S. Air Force at Scott's Air Force Base as a computer programmer from 2009 to 2012. In 2015 she returned to the Black Hills where she was very active in the Art Club and Mom’s Group at BHSU. In the summer of 2016 she began her entrepreneurship at BHSU making 3 minute commercials for local small-producers to promote locally sustainable foods in Spearfish.
Amanda was very passionate about giving back to the earth, making the environment safe and better for everyone. The loves of her life and greatest passion of all, was being the mother of her two sons Davin and Emeric, always telling them "You are My Heart"!
Survivors include her "Heart” the loves of her life, her sons, Davin Emery Voisin (6) and Emeric Reese Voisin (4); mother, Liz & Joe Vodicka of St. Onge, SD; father, Glenn & Michelle Bintliff of Hill City, SD; brother, Elliot Bintliff of Spearfish, SD; half-brother, Cory & Staci Bintliff of Sioux Falls, SD; half-sister, Jessica & Adam Lewis of Rapid City, SD; half-sister Cassadee Bintliff of Hill City, SD; paternal grandparents, Glenn & Joyce Bintliff of Hill City, SD; maternal grandparents, Henry & Kathleen Bos of Mitchell, SD; ex-husband, Jacques Voisin of Addis, LA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Proceeded in death by her grandparents, Vernon & Marigold Herron of Hill City, SD; uncle, Garry Kee of Brookings, SD; aunt, Liz Kee of Brookings, SD; and great-grandparents, Ed & Mildred Bintliff of Hill City, SD.
Memorial Service will be July 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Spearfish, SD, with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date and a Memorial Stone will be placed at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Wayne Percy Reynolds

September 12, 1932 - June 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, July 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Wayne Percy Reynolds was born September 12, 1932, in Madison, SD, to Percy and Myrtle (Ness) Reynolds. He attended country school in many communities including Dewey County, Firesteele, and Timberlake just to name a few. Wayne graduated from Willow Lake High School at the age of 16.
He served four years, much of that time in Korea as a member of the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), the precursor of the Navy Seals. He was in the Guard for one year and then his Unit was activated by the Army. Wayne was sent to Vietnam where his duty was once again with UDTs. Wayne served with distinction and was discharged after four years of service.
This opportunity led Wayne to a variety of management positions in a variety of locations throughout the United States with Weyerhaeuser and other plywood and sawmills. For Wayne, "plywood was the love of his career." After a career that spanned 25 years, Wayne retired from Weyerhaeuser which brought him back to the state he loved.
Wayne's career of fun including helping anyone who needed his help, whether it was working on a car or rebuilding a lawn mower, he was everyone's helper. He enjoyed "tinkering" and "Projects" one building a super lawn mower to make mowing their acreage a little easier. He built computers for kids, putting together several hundred for those children whose parents couldn't afford to purchase one.
He loved kids and making them happy. He was known as the "Teddy Bear Butte Cemetery Man" at the Loud American, if there was a child in the building, Wayne would keep playing the arcade game until he won them a prize. Making kids smile was part of Wayne's fun.
Wayne was bigger than life in every way. He could play practical jokes or tell a joke that could have you laughing so hard you were crying. Whether it was setting up a Bigfoot sighting or entertaining a group of friends with "trashcan turkey." He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating, and always spending time with people; living life to the fullest with family and friends.
Wayne's journey in this life ended on June 30, 2017, at VA Black Hills Health Care Center. Wayne always felt the staff at the VA was the best, and his care there was top notch. He had been proud to serve his country and believed those who provided his care had that same pride of service.
Wayne died Friday, June 30, 2017, at Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.
Wayne is survived by Pattie, his wife of 37 years; son, Chris Reynolds and grandson, Kyle Reynolds; daughter, Stacy (Thomas) Ondov; and stepson, Joey (Maldara) White and grandchildren, Aleah and Fin.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Percy W. Reynolds; mother, Myrtle Dearborne; stepfather, Emile Dearborne; and granddaughter, Dara.
A graveside memorial service will be Friday, July 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Chaplain George Hughes officiating.

 

     
   
     

Donald Joseph Oliver

August 20, 1931 - July 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Donald Joseph Oliver was born to Earl W. Oliver and Goldie (Liston) Oliver on August 20, 1931, in rural Meade County, SD. Donald had 4 siblings; sister, Deloris Smith; brothers, Dale (Lolita) Oliver; John Oliver; Bert (Barb) Oliver.
Donald married his loving and supportive wife, Dottie, on February 21, 1954, in Sturgis. They welcomed 5 children into their lives: Edwin Earl (wid:Candy Meyers) Oliver; Leeann McLaughlin; Peggy Sue (Tom) Rounds; Merri Jo (Arlon) Leetch. They fostered Gary Patrick (wid:Rhonda) McKee into their home as a child. They loved him and called him son.
Donald worked as a janitor at the Meade County Courthouse from 1956 to 1959. Wanting to be his own boss, Donald started Oliver Ditching in 1959 and began building the business and the family home in Boulder Canyon. Donald retired in 2004 and he and Dottie moved to town soon after. Donald kept busy though. He became a handyman for his friend Dr. George Jenter doing tasks that he enjoyed. Donald was a helper. He would help, if he was able, anyone who was in need. Even though Donald was strong and hardworking, he had a kind and gentle soul. Donald always had a smile on his face and loved to laugh. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Donald enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, and spending time with family. Donald liked all animals but he loved his fat little dog, Baby.
Donald Joseph Oliver went peacefully to gather his rewards in heaven on July 2, 2017, at home surrounded by his loved ones.
Donald is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dottie; daughters, Lee, Peggy, & Merri; sister, Deloris; brothers: Dale, John, and Bert; grandchildren, Travis, Adam, Julie, Joshua, and Ryan Oliver, Autumn Meyers, Collin McLaughlin, Jesse Rounds, Jordan Etherton, Kyle, Skyler, and Dusty Leetch, and Heather McKee; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and great and great-great-grandchildren.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Ed & Gary; and beloved granddaughter, Tiffany Winter Oliver.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Michael Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.+

 

     
   
     

Howard Irvin Fisher, Sr.

October 18, 1938 - July 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Howard Irvin Fisher, Sr., was born October 18, 1938, in Johnstown, PA. He joined the Air Force as a young man and was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base as a mechanic. It was during his time in the Air Force that he met Beverly Sneesby. The two were married December 12, 1959 and had been married for fifty-seven years. After his time in the Air Force, Howard began working for Homestake Gold Mine in Lead as a timber stope contractor and later as a shift boss until his retirement in 1993.
Howard will be remembered by many in the Black Hills as a good man. His family mourns the loss of a good man. His family mourns the loss of a good and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Howard of Rapid City, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017, after a long battle with COPD. He was 78 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Joann Fisher,(Sneesby), of Rapid City; five children, Howard Fisher, Jr., of Deadwood, Randy Fisher of Lead, Stephen Fisher of Deadwood, Shelly Fisher Rodriguez of Rapid City, and Terry Fisher of Washington; sixteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruth.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood with Pastor David Baer officiating.

 

     
   
     

Herman VanDenBerg

January 4, 1926 - June 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Herman VanDenBerg went to meet his maker June 26, 2017, at Spearfish Regional Hospital with his loving wife, Ruby, and family by his side.
Herman was born to Neil and Gertie VanDenBerg at home on the ranch near Strool January 4, 1926. He attended school at Center School and Lemmon High School.
Herman and Ruby married June 11, 1947. They just had their 70-year celebration on June 24th.
They welcomed six children into their home; Marilyn, Cindy, Susan, Gloria, Wynn, and Lisa.
Herman took over the family ranch, his favorite life's work. He raised registered Limousin cattle and Appaloosa horses. The family ranch was designated a Century Ranch in 2013. He was very active in the community. He belonged to Masons, Shriners, Center School Board, and Bison School Board. He was a guitar player and enjoyed sing-a-longs. He played Santa Claus to the surrounding community many years. One could always tell when Herman was at a gathering by his laugh.
On retirement in 2014, they moved to Spearfish.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby; five of their children; one daughter-in-law; three sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and numerous relatives.
Herman was preceded in death by three sisters; two brothers; one son; one grandson; two great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spearfish with Pastors Stephen Sandness and Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Prairie City Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Memorials have been established to the Prairie City Cemetery and the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Zeona.

 

     
   
     

Vicky Lee Waterland

March 3, 1953 - June 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Vicky Lee (Thompson) Waterland was born March 3, 1953, at Faith, SD, to Irvin and Marian (Howie) Thompson. She attended grade school in Timber Lake and high school in Faith graduating in 1971. She went on to BHSU and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She then taught in various grades and positions over the course of 38 years, before she retired due to health reasons.
Her childhood was spent riding horse and attending rodeos. She and her pony, Pedro, won many events including the pony race at Timber Lake Saddle Club Field Days. In high school, she would go on to win the Dupree Snow Queen Contest and Runner-up in the local Jr. Miss.
Her teaching career began at United School, where she taught for 3 years. She then was employed by the Faith School District where she taught for 29 years. She retired from the state system in 2008, but her love of teaching led her to teach at Takini for 5 more years. Her passion for teaching did not stop in the classroom. Every moment was a teachable moment to her, and her children, grandkids, nieces, and nephews are better people because of it. Her methods were not always the norm, but effective. She loved the "bad boy" of the class and could always gain their respect. Her students were always on her mind and she spent many hours at home correcting papers, making assignments, and projects. She would always go on a shopping trip to the teacher store with a specific student in mind.
Vicky was blessed with a daughter, Lacey Lee, in 1982. She married Harold Waterland July 3, 1995, at Marcus. They enjoyed traveling, checking wheat, and attending various sporting events.
She was a Faith cheerleading/drill team advisor for many years, taught Gifted and Talented, ran the Stock Show exhibit building in Faith, timed for 4-h rodeos, wrote Marcus news for the Faith independent for 12 years after her mother's passing, coached Odyssey of the Minds, helped with Faith High School Rodeo, was a leader of Hazy Hills 4-H club, Faith Alumni Assoc. past officer, Faith library board member, Marcus Hall board secretary and Volunteer for many years, and she ran the Faith Stock Show Horse show for many years. She loved teaching, South Dakota History, collecting rocks and Fire King Glassware. She was passionate about learning her family history and passing it on to the next generation.
Vicky Lee Waterland, 64, Faith, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at her residence.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Waterland of Howes; her daughter, Lacey (Robert) Wondercheck of Howes; three step-daughters, Jill (Ted) Schilling and Kristin (Chet) Kilmer, both of Spearfish, and Kim (George) Langendorfer of New Underwood; one sister, Adele Enright, Timber Lake; one brother, Alton "Bub" (D’anne) Thompson, Marcus; sister-in-law, Corinna Thompson of Faith; six grandsons and three granddaughters, Quirt and Rio Wondercheck of Howes, Daniel, Mathew, Timothy, and Emma Schilling and Cadence Kilmer of Spearfish, Shane Langendorfer of Rapid City, and Ele of New Underwood; four nephews and one niece, Richard and Mitch Enright, Timber Lake, Max Thompson, Sturgis, and Troy and Amanda Thompson of Marcus.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Earl Thompson; and her brother-in-law, Denver Enright.
Visitation will be Monday, June 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Faith Community Center in Faith with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the White Owl Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
A memorial has been established to the Marcus Hall.

 

     
   
     

Edwina "Eddie" Whitaker

June 12, 1939 - June 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Edwina "Eddie" Leah Whitaker, 78, Piedmont, passed away at home with family surrounding her this day June 20, 2017, after a heroic battle with lung cancer.
Eddie was born in Belle Fourche, SD, and lived in South Dakota until her husband took her to Arkansas where she helped him work in a 7 state wide area for Southwestern Bell Telephone Yellow pages.
Eddie was a retired SD Case Worker and a Manager of Renos Casino in Black Hawk, SD. She worked hard at many jobs in her life-time and possessed a great work ethic.
She was past American Legion Auxiliary President of Post 311, Piedmont, SD. She supported many veterans with her fine cooking and holiday food baskets until her arthritis became too severe. She was a loyal, honorable, honest, warm-hearted person, who was one great wife, mother, and citizen of these United States. Eddie was an outstanding cook and home manager who shared her food and service to others.
Eddie loved fishing, dancing, and canning vegetables. She will be missed and forever loved by her husband, family, and friends. God speed to Heaven, Edwina!
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, George R. Whitaker; three children, Phillip Streeter of Rapid City, SD, Timothy Streeter of Grand Forks, ND, and Colleen Boman of Grand Forks, ND; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Carla Streeter; and brother-in-law, Terry Bittle of Tumbling Shoals, AR.
Visitation will be Friday, June 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Ramsey Lee Kendall

January 16, 1931 - June 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2017

 

Ramsey Lee Kendall was born in Westover, SD, to Nordine and Carrie (Smith) Kendall on January 16, 1931. As a youngster, he moved to Custer where he graduated high school, achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout, and joined the Custer National Guard in 1947 at the young age of 16. In August of 1950, his unit was alerted for active duty to the Korean War. The unit members were informed of overseas movements and then shipped to Alaska in early 1951.
He married Ardeth Hicks on October 24, 1952. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Philip, SD, where they had four children: two sons, Steven L. and Douglas A.; and two daughters, Karen M. and Rebecca S.
While in Philip, he was deeply involved in the community participating in Boy Scouts, School Board, Fire Department, Ambulance Crew, and many other areas involving the entire community and for the betterment of the community. He was instrumental in organizing the first Philip National Guard unit in 1956 where he worked full time.
After his discharge in January 1975, he pursued a career in insurance sales, income tax preparations, along with being a part-time justice of the peace.
In 1978, Ramsey and Ardeth moved back to the Black Hills, where he sold insurance in Deadwood, Lead, and the surrounding area, until 2005 when he retired and they moved to Rapid City. Ardeth preceded him in death in 2010.
In 2013, he met up with an old friend, Kay Hall, at a funeral, at which time they got together, marrying May 2014. In the three short years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Arizona.
Ramsey Lee Kendall, passed away in Rapid City on June 14, 2017, with his family by his side.
He leaves behind Steven, Douglas (Donna), Karen Hanson, and Rebecca Kendall, along with Pam Kendall and bonus children, Daniel Hall, Bonnie Hall, Lonnie Hall, and Konnie Hall-Grass; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five bonus grandchildren; two bonus great-grandchildren; one brother, Norval G. Kendall; two sisters, Thelma June (Lyle) Koerper and Phyllis A. Boggs(Everett Morsett); and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Ardeth and his parents, Nordine H. and Carrie Lee Kendall.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Canyon Lake United Methodist Church in Rapid City, SD, with Pastor Erik Grinager officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Being blessed with a cherished man, whose great love for his family was never ending, he will be truly missed.

 

     
   
     

John William O'Grady

June 30, 1962 - June 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 

John was born in Sturgis, SD, June 30, 1962, to William and Ella Jane (Alexander) O'Grady. John attended grade school at the Plainview School, St. Francis, and Metishigoshe School. He went to high school at St. Martin's Academy, Rapid City, SD, and graduated in 1980. He was a longtime rancher until health concerns caused him to retire in 2012.
John was always a good neighbor, lived his Faith, and was a generous supporter of his church and community. He was a life-member of Our Lady of Victory near Howes. He enjoyed bargain hunting and sharing his treasures. In later years, the KBHB radio auction was a Saturday morning staple. John was also very active on a couple agricultural message boards and will be missed by online friends from across the United States. They recognized his wisdom, humor and passion for ranch life.
In later years, it was harder for John to work but he still maintained the local cemetery and community hall grounds. That service gave him great pleasure.
John William O'Grady, 54, longtime resident of rural Meade county, died Friday June 9, 2017, at the Black Hills Care and Rehab Center in Rapid City, SD.
He is survived by his sister, Lucille; two aunts and two uncles; and numerous generations of cousins. John loved his family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, James Robert; maternal and paternal grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, June 13, with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Fr. Timothy Castor and Fr. James Hoerter officiating. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius cemetery in Sturgis.
Pallbearers are Dale Heaton, Brad Austin, Lynn Tarrant, Greg Loen, Jim O'Dea, and Wayne Mickelson. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Austin, Robert Compton, Allen Waterland, Cory Cody, and Dwight Winn, along with all family and friends.
A memorial has been established to the Enning Ambulance Service and Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Richard F. Feiok

May 14, 1924 - June 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Richard F. Feiok, 93, Sturgis, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held Monday, June 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Blessed Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Rev. John Fries officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Richard was born May 14, 1924, at Tripp, SD, to Dr. Richard and Helen (Herrbolt) Feiok. He grew up in Tripp.
Richard served in the U.S. Army from 1946 until his honorable discharge in 1947. He served with the 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion in Kokura, Japan.
Richard returned to South Dakota and attended college. He graduated from South Dakota State College in Brookings in June 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Richard owned and operated many stores in Mobile, IA, Platte, SD, and Broadus, MT.
He married Mary Ellen Kowalke on November 2, 1952.
He was a member of Blessed Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Feiok, Sturgis; one son, Jeffrey (Pearl) Feiok; one grandson, Heath (Jamie) Feiok; four great-grandchildren, Owen, Jack, Penny, and Emily; niece, Luanne (Dan) Head; and brother-in-law, Robert Kowalke.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Vesta Kuipers and Geneva Schwantes; and one granddaughter, Heather.
A memorial has been established to Blessed Emmanuel Church.

 

     
   
     

Doris "Ethel" Ingalls

November 7, 1938 - June 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, June 9, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Doris Ethel Ingalls was born November 7, 1938, in Sturgis, SD. Her parents were Wayne and Doris (Allen) Palmer. Ethel grew up in the Red Owl area. She spent a lot of time in the sheep wagon with her mother watching over the sheep and riding her horse. Her mother would get up early to check on the sheep. Before she left, she would saddle Ethel's horse and tie it to the wagon. Later, when Ethel woke and had her breakfast, she would jump on her horse and ride out to find her mother.
Ethel attended various country schools in the area while having to stay away from home during the school year. She was known as "Little Ethel" to some, and her brother, Arden, called her Naughty Autty. Arden always watched out for her. She told the story of riding with Arden out to work cattle and as they were crossing the dam fill, a bat flew in the window. Arden was so busy swatting at the bat he drove off the fill and rolled the car.
Ethel had a fear of water after falling in Sulphur Creek with her horse as a small girl. She and her horse went under a few times while her horse was trying to get up the bank. As they went down the creek, she wrapped her arms around her horse's neck until the horse finally made it up on the bank. She got home and changed her clothes without her mother knowing…she thought. When she came out of her room with different clothes on, her mother knew what had happened.
Ethel married Marlin Ingalls on June 8, 1956, in Faith, SD. They lived and ranched in the Opal community near Fox Ridge. They had three girls, Sheryl, Debbie, and Marla.
Ethel enjoyed riding horse, dancing, square dancing, sewing, playing cards, scrapbooking, cardmaking and snowmobiling throughout the years. She always loved attending her children's functions as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ethel was a member of the Church of Christ.
Ethel passed away peacefully on June 3, 2017, at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Surviving are her husband, Marlin; daughters, Sheryl (Steve) Lesmeister, Debbie (Paul) Delbridge, and Marla Griffith; grandchildren, Cody Hostetter, Jesse (Amanda) Lesmeister, Jodi (Nathan) Howie, Christy Sandquist, and Kaylee Griffith; and great-grandchildren, Buddy and Brandy Howie and Sabrina Krause.
She was preceded in death by her folks, Wayne and Doris; brothers, Frank, Everett, Arden, and an infant brother, Wayne, Jr.; her sister, Evelyn Whitman; and her grandson, Scott Sandquist.
Funeral services will be Friday, June 9, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Community Center in Faith, SD. Burial will follow at the Opal Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Faith Community Center.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice House in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Jeffery Neal Shepard

August 6, 1969 - April 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

12:30 p.m. Springfield Motor Boat Club

 

Jeff was born on August 6, 1969, in Springfield, Illinois to James and Karen Shepard. On September 2, 2000 he married me, Debra Lynne O’Connor, whom he met in August of 1998 on the Coastal Star in Seattle where we headed to Alaska. We would find out on our first anniversary that we were blessed with huge surprise in the form of our sun, moon and stars. April 26, 2002 Kathryne (Katee) Janece Shepard joined us. She became his world as he became her daddy.
After Katee was born we decided that he could no longer be gone as long as the fishing industry required and so he took a job as an AB Unlimited for Weeks Marine. It was here that he finally decided to evolve and become an engineer (I was the engineer first so always the chief of the family, he was my favorite deck ape or knuckle dragger as I used to call him lol). He would work his way to chief engineer and his two favorite companies were Weeks Marine Inc. and Crosby Tug Company. He spent over half of our marriage on these tugs. He hated to fly and being away but he knew that this was the best way to provide for his family, plus stay on the seas that he loved.
His hobbies were guns, archery, fishing, anything mechanical, gardening, hiking, anything nautical, exercising and video games, he shares these loves with his baby girl and one of these is often what you saw them doing together.
Jeffery Neal Shepard “crossed the bar” on April 26, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Airport.
Jeff physically leaves behind a wife, Debra Shepard, a daughter, Katee Shepard. He is also survived by his mother, Karen Shepard; father, James Shepard (Lynn); brother, Kelly Shepard; sisters, Crystal (Chris) Emery and Brittney Shepard as well as many nieces, nephews and brother and sister in laws, aunts, uncles and cousins. Jeff was loved so much and will be missed greatly.
A private viewing was held for family and a celebration of life was held on May 3, 2017 at his property that he loved so much outside of Sturgis. Another celebration of life will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the Springfield Motor Boat Club, 17 Club Area, Springfield, IL. There will be a visitation from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. the memorial will be out by the lake at 12:30 p.m. and his mother would like to invite family and friends to lunch at 1:00 p.m. at the club. Please R.S.V.P. to an immediate family member if you plan the lunch by Monday, May 29, so we can let the club know how many will attend. We will also have an informal visitation following the lunch throughout part of the afternoon.
Katee and Debra will also be doing a “Tour of Ashes” throughout this next year to take Katee to all of the places that her daddy loved so much to “drop an anchor.” Jeff loved being a wanderer and so many places in the world left an impression on him, as well as his family.
We love and miss you so much babydoll..I will stand watch here while you stand watch from there. Love you always and your babies forever!!

 

     
   
     

Theodore "Teddy" Charles Mahaffy

September 4, 1934 - May 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017

 

Theodore "Teddy" Charles Mahaffy was born September 4, 1934, in Rapid City, SD, to Theodore E. and Marie (Foote) Mahaffy. He grew up on the family ranch near Marcus, SD, on Sulphur Creek. He attended local country schools.
He married the love of his life, Ann Ingalls, on December 1, 1956, and together they raised six children. They ranched for 60 years. Along the way, he worked construction jobs, drove gravel trucks, and hauled sugar beets. He moved to Sturgis in 1998 where he worked in maintenance, until he retired due to health reasons. In 2012, they moved to the Newell area to his son's ranch, back in the country again where he loved to be. He enjoyed fishing with family and friends, shooting prairie dogs, and spending time in his side by side enjoying the outdoors.
Teddy was a member of the Sturgis Church of Christ.
Teddy, 82, was surrounded by his family when he went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 15, 2017. He loved to laugh and make you laugh with his quick wit and teasing nature.
Blessed to share his life are his wife of 60 years, Ann; his six children, D'Anna (LaVern) Fischer and Yvonne (Bob) Barry, both of Sturgis, Ronnie (Vonda) Mahaffy and Lonnie (Melissa) Mahaffy, both near Newell, and Dean (Sierra) Mahaffy and Dale (Amanda) Mahaffy, both near Sturgis; brother, Terry (Valerie) Mahaffy of Nemo; sisters, Kathy (Arnold) Williams of Baker City, OR, and Inez (Butch) Jibben of Nemo; sister-in-law, Nadene Mahaffy; 22 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many, many, many George's.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Marie Mahaffy; one brother, Duane Mahaffy; and one granddaughter, Anna Westberg.
Visitation will be Monday, May 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Meade County 4-H Building Fund.

 

     
   
     

Harold Herbert Permann

February 11, 1926 - January 31, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Harold was born February 11, 1926, at a farmstead in Lowry, SD, to Jacob and Christina (Huber) Permann. He attended School in Lowry. At age 14, he worked on the farm, and then in California. He returned to South Dakota in 1950. He entered the US Army in 1950 and was honorably discharged December 10, 1956. He was in the 38th Parle and was on the front lines in the Korean War for 10 Months and 28 days. He then returned to South Dakota March 15, 1952, a Staff /Tech Sargent. Harold was very proud to have been able to serve his country. He received a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with the Bronze Star, U.N. Service Medal. In January 2016, he was presented a Medal for Ambassador for Peace from the Republic of Korea at the state Capital in Pierre, SD.
He worked as a Road Engineer for the State Hwy. Dept. from 1953-1963. Then for the BIA Road Dept. as a Civil Engineer working on the Cheyenne and Standing Rock reservations and for the BIA Aberdeen office.
On October 25, 1963, he married Pauline “Peggy” Hockesson and to this union are two children; daughter, Jan, was adopted in 1960 and son, Lon, was born in 1963. Harold retired in 1984 and lived in Mobridge, SD, from 1963 till June 2016 and then moved to Heart Ranch in Rapid City, SD, and wintered in Mesa, AZ.
Harold was a member of the Shriners in Mobridge and Mesa, Masons, a lifetime member of the Moose and American Legion and V.F.W. He was also a member of the U.C.C. Church in Mobridge and of the Community Church in Apache Wells. Harold was very proud to have been able to drive Vets to the VA in Sturgis, SD.
Harold Herbert Permann “HP” passed away January 31, 2017, at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, AZ, at the age of 90 years old, which he proudly informed everyone. There was a Celebration of Life in Apache Wells, Mesa, AZ on February 7, 2017. There will be a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, followed by a lunch at the Veterans Club in Sturgis. We ask everyone to meet at Kinkade Funeral Chapel by 10:15 a.m. and follow in procession to the cemetery.
Harold “HP” is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pauline “Peggy” Permann; daughter, Jan (Kevin) Wenzel of Quinn, SD; son, Lon (KaTeri) Permann of Sturgis, SD; ten grandchildren, Jackie, Jason, Melanie, Vivian, Alex, Tristan, Austin, Chante, Steven, and Fauna; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Jerry) Oxner and Norva Giese; brother, Hess (Arba) Huber; three sisters-in-law, Shirley Permann, Norma Haerer, and Dotty Gunsalus; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
HP was preceded in death by his father, Jacob (Ida) Permann; mother, Christina (Jake) Schanzenbach; brothers, Herbert and Rodney Permann; sister, Adaline (Brownie) Couger; brothers-in-law, Donald Haererand and Gerry Gansalus; and sister-in-law, Mary Lou Moore.

 

     
   
     

James Reed

November 2, 1932 - May 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.

 

James Reed was born November 2, 1932, to Florence Reed (Morrisey) in Faith, SD. He moved with his family to Sundance, WY, where he graduated from Sundance High School. It was there that he met the love of his life, Patricia Fall. The two were married October 8, 1956, and created a wonderful life together. The couple moved their family to Newcastle, WY, in the early years of their marriage, where they raised their family until retiring to operate a chicken farm in Magazine, AR. Together, they had 5 children, Glen (Shelley) Reed, Sandy (William) Kohlbrand, Craig (Rhonda) Reed, Kevin Reed, and William Reed; 10 grandchildren, Brett (Ashley) Reed, Casey (Kellee) Reed, Jodean (Stephen) Brannan, Kaylynn (Rusty) Taper, Jeanien (Blaine) Burress, Ross Reed, Kristen Kohlbrand, Jenny (Mike) Pederson, Robert Peele, and Sean Peele; 20 great-grandchildren, Alaina and Samuel Reed, Miles, Zeke, and Hope Brannan, Jamie, Ethan, Bruce Taper, Sadie Hodges, Elliott Smith, Willow, Brock, and Wyatt Burress, Aryana and Tayshaun Kohlbrand, Sydney and Kaia Pederson, Aubrey, Ben, and Nathan Peele.
James loved being outside. His early careers involved working on a sheep wagon and for a logging company. He found his niche, however, running heavy equipment for road construction companies and at the coal mine. He was especially known for his skillfulness in the dozer. He didn’t need fancy equipment or tools, an eye level and a few hand tools were all he needed. He had a passion for working in the dirt. You would often find him working in his yard with his dogs in his spare time. After working several days in a row, his favorite hobby was hooking up the boat, loading up his family, and heading out to Keyhole Reservoir for a fun weekend of camping and fishing! He was a man who often kept to himself, who was tough as leather, and had a heart full of gold. In his later years, he found joy watching his great-grandkids grow and catch an occasional ballgame. He was so loved and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother, George (Darlene) Reed; and sister, Evelyn Jensen.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence; wife, Patricia; brother, William Reed; brother, Elmer Christensen; and sister, Marie Christensen; son-in-law, William Kohlbrand; great-granddaughter, Hope Brannan; and great-grandson, Nathan Peele.
There will be a graveside service Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Newcastle Greenwood Cemetery at 1:30 PM for those who wish to attend. A reception will follow at the Newcastle Country Club.

 

     
   
     

John Thomas "Tommy" Udager

December 28, 1930 - April 27, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2017

 

John Thomas "Tommy" Udager was born December 28, 1930, to Ole and Alice (Hansen) Udager in Faith, SD, with the help of a midwife. He was baptized into the Bethel Lutheran Church in Faith. Tom was raised on the family ranch 16 miles west of town; attending grade school at the one room country school and high school in Faith. Tommy enlisted in the army and served in the Korean War from 1953-1954. After his honorable discharge from the army, he returned to the ranch where he raised horses, cattle, and sheep.
Tommy married Eva Lorraine Keegan on December 11, 1951, and to this union was born 4 children; Doug, Dan, Doyle, and Kristy. In 1973, the ranch was sold and Tom, with his family, moved to town and went into the trucking business. In 1978, Tom and Eva purchased the Jack & Jill Food Store in Faith, which they operated until 1988. After selling his trucks, he worked for several area ranchers till the time of his retirement in 2006.
He enjoyed fishing, rodeo, horses, and a good game of pinochle or pitch. He also enjoyed a good shot of Blackberry Brandy. At an early age, he enjoyed riding bareback broncs and later, team roping with his friend, Marvin Derflinger. At age 50, he decided to ride bulls in the old timer’s rodeo.
Tommy passed away April 27, 2017, at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center following a brief illness.
Thankful for having shared his life are his children, Doug of Jacksonville, FL, Dan (Brenda) of Sturgis, SD, Doyle (Deanne) of Buckeye, AZ, and Kristy (Jerry) Spencer of Faith, SD; sister, Helen Samuelson of Cheyenne, WY; brother, Melvin Udager of St. Maries, ID; ten grandchildren; twenty-three great–grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tommy was preceded in death by his wife, Eva in 1988; one daughter-in-law, Diane in 2007; his parents, Ole and Alice; brothers, Oscar in 1958 and Carl in 2011; sister, Diane in 2005; and one great-granddaughter, Josephine Grace Fees.
Graveside services will be Monday, May 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery with Pastor Connie Eichinger officiating.

 

     
   
     

Monica Lee Landwehr

May 16, 1930 - December 3, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017

 

Monica (Dunne) Landwehr was born in Spain, in northeastern SD, May 16, 1930, to Helene (Olson) and Peter J. Dunne. The family moved to Deadwood, SD, in 1933, and then back to northeastern South Dakota during WWII. Monica attended high school in Britton, SD, and graduated from Langford High School. She married W.E. (Willie) Landwehr in 1948; they had two daughters: Lee and Mary. The family lived in Britton, Claremont, and Groton before moving to Deadwood in 1970. For many years, Monica worked alongside Willie in various business endeavors.
Monica is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Lee and Demarest Crary, Bison, and Mary and Galen Roesler, Custer; her sister, Patricia Nietert of Aberdeen; and her brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Sherri Dunne, of Rapid City. She is also survived by four grandchildren, D.H. Crary, Ed (Sarah) Crary, Mary Lynn (Nicholas) Patterson, and Patrick Roesler (Jennifer Burnett). Monica has three great-grandchildren, Eva Crary, and Cayden and Easton Patterson.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brother–in-law, Duke Nietert; and her younger sister, Sandra.
Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD, with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Ronald Richard Suchanuk

September 30, 1941 - March 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017

 

Ron was born September 30, 1941, to Richard and Stella (Winarski) Suchanuk in East Chicago, Indiana.
He attended high school at East Chicago Washington High and Morton High in Hammond Indiana. He joined the United States Army in 1959, where he honorably served for four years. His service took him to tours in Korea and Thailand. Once out of the service, he started his 30 year career with American Steel Foundries Indiana Harbor Works and also met his wife of 50 years Rudene Kaiser.
Ron and Rudene relocated to the Black Hills after falling in love with the area while visiting their daughter and her family who were stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Ron enjoyed spending time in Deadwood with his wife and watching his grandsons sporting events. He was so proud of his four grandsons and his two great granddaughters. He enjoyed looking for "finds". No discarded or lost coin would be passed up. He had a heart of gold and a love of animals that was passed on to all of his descendants.
Ronald Richard Suchanuk died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at Fort Meade.
He is survived by his wife, Rudene, son, David (Marsha) Suchanuk; daughter, Beth (Ron) Weaver; grandchildren; Edward and Zachary Suchanuk, Taylor (Marissa) and Tanner Weaver; two great-grandchildren, Adalynn and MacKenzie Weaver; sister, Betty Sudovich; brother, Raymond (Leilani) Suchanuk; sisters-in-law, Virginia Suchanuk, Celeste (Mike) Cooley; mother-in law, Harriett Kaiser and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard; mother, Stella; brother, Robert; sister, Stella (John) Waite; father-in-law, Rudolph Kaiser and brother-in-law, Steve Sudovich.
Service will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Gene Baumann officiating.
Memorials can be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 in honor of Ron.

 

     
   
     

Clyde Ronald Hepper

January 3, 1933 - April 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

9:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017

 

Clyde was born, January 3, 1933, at Lowry, SD, to Jacob and Magdelena (Bieber) Hepper. He attended Fuller rural school and later enlisted in the US Army September 10, 1953, and was honorably discharged August 17, 1955. Clyde worked at Ford garage in Gettysburg, SD, for a few years before moving to Sioux Falls, SD. He worked at Mel's Standard Service for a few years and then with DuAll Machinery Co., retiring in 1995 and moving back to Gettysburg. He later moved to the SD Veterans Home in Hot Springs, SD.
Clyde Ronald Hepper, 84, Hot Springs, SD, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Clyde is survived by his brothers, Arthur Hepper, Gettysburg, SD, and Donald (Sandra) Hepper, Onida, SD; one sister, Patricia Moore, Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters-in-law, Edith Hepper, Tolstoy, SD, and Thelma Hepper, Gettysburg, SD; and one brother-in-law, Paul Scheller, Sioux Falls, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Magdelena Hepper; brothers, Herbert Hepper, William Hepper, and James Hepper; and sisters, Esther Knecht, Ruth Nagel, Hazel Nagel, and Joyce Scheller.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Royce Leon Edelman

October 7, 1952 - April 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Royce was born to Leon and Ruby Edelman in Menno, SD. He went to school in Menno and Hot Springs, SD. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976 and enjoyed his time in Germany, making a lot of friends there. He retired after working 30 years for the government.
Royce enjoyed painting and wood carving, and liked to go camping and fishing with his family.
He was married to Betty Walden from 1986 to 2003. They had one son, Cade, who lives in Sturgis.
Royce Leon Edelman, 64, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by his son, Cade Edelman, Sturgis, SD; two step-sons, Jeff (Jan) Walden, Wasilla, AK, and Stacy (Janette) Walden, Aberdeen, SD; one step-daughter, Lisa (Tom) Pekny, San Diego, CA; brother, Brian (Kathy) Edelman, Sioux City, IA; two half-brothers, Doug (Heather) Lehr and Dale (Shelly) Lehr, all of Menno, SD; eight step-grandchildren; three step-great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Jaden Allan Paklin

November 19, 2004 - April 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

Jaden Allan Paklin was born to Marcy Paklin on November 19, 2004, in Spearfish, SD. Jaden left us before his time on April 12, 2017. He attended Sturgis Elementary where he was a fifth grader.
Jaden was a fighter and very strong willed from the day he was born. He showed us all the true meaning of strength and became a hero to many. Even with all he went through, he was always smiling and won hearts with his big blue eyes and beautiful long eyelashes.
He loved to tear apart anything he could get a hold of. He also loved to build things and had many forts and tree houses around the neighborhood. Jaden’s hobbies were playing video games, riding his bike, dirt bike, and four wheelers. Jaden loved the outdoors, hunting, and was a very hard worker. He worked during the summer mowing lawns and was quite proud of his lawn mower. Jaden considered himself the man of the family. He was always giving and made sure to include his siblings in most the things he did. He was a very selfless kid.
Survivors include his mother, Marcy Paklin (Jeffery Fisher) Sturgis, SD; father, Todd Hieb, Aberdeen, SD; sisters, Nicole Luckie, Piedmont, and Madi Paklin, Sturgis; brothers, Chance and Leland Paklin, Sturgis SD, Landin Hieb, Aberdeen SD, and Dustin Hughes, Moore, OK; grandparents, Kay and Dale Grant ,Vale, and Don Paklin, Buffalo SD; great-grandmother, Roberta Freeman, Sturgis, SD; aunt, Misty (Tim) Myers; uncles, Chad Paklin, Sturgis, SD, Levi Grant, and Zach (Kenzie) Grant; cousins, Morgan Myers, Maloree Paklin, and Mesa Grant; and numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his cousin, Devan Myers; grandparents, Paul Hieb and Marsha Richardson; great-grandparents, Gene and Angie Paklin, William Baush, Cliff Freeman, and Harry Hieb.
Visitation will be Monday, April 17, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. at Believer's Fellowship Church in Sturgis, SD, with Tammy Iverson as speaker. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Betty Ruth Darrach

May 25, 1947 - April 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

Betty Ulrich Darrach was born May 25, 1947, in Newell, SD, to Henry Ulrich and Lula (Gottman) Ulrich. She was the youngest of nine children, and as Betty’s youngest child says, "They kept going until they got the best one!" I am sure that her siblings, Henry, Helen, Jack, Vivian, Fritz, Ella, Evelyn, and Connie would agree.
Betty grew up on a farm in Vale, SD, and attended school in Newell. She graduated from Newell High School in 1965. Directly after high school, she attended Black Hills Beauty College in Rapid City, SD, and gained her cosmetology license.
Betty met her first husband while he was stationed at Ellsworth and became the mom she always wanted to be when she had her first child, Donald Lamb, who was born in March 1967. She moved to Haverhill, MA, and two years later she gave birth to Don’s sister, Laura (Lamb) Campbell in June 1969. When Don and Laura were 5 and 3 years old, Betty and her first husband parted ways and they moved back home to be near her father and family.
Betty met Kendall Darrach and fell in love. He was the partner she desired and they were married April 18, 1975. They were overjoyed at the expectation of their first child. Devastatingly, they lost the baby who they named Christina in January 1975. This tragedy did not tear them apart, but strengthened their faith and their love. They prayed that God would bless them with another child and their prayers were answered with a baby girl, Kendra (Darrach) Lawson in October 1976. Their final, and in his opinion, the perfect child, Nathan Darrach, was born August 1977.
Betty worked part time as a beautician at Bea’s Beauty shop in Sturgis. She and Ken raised their children in Sturgis and by 1997, they became empty nesters. Betty and her partners opened their own beauty shop called Generations of Style. Betty enjoyed her partners and her ladies which became her extended family. After many years, Betty retired and devoted her time to her garden. This brought her great joy. She had a yard that belonged in a magazine, so beautiful.
Betty enjoyed many activities with her family, traveling, camping, and fishing to name a few. Many memories were made with her family throughout the years, memories that they will always cherish. Betty lived for her family and bragged them up every chance she got.
Betty’s body grew tired and on April 6, 2017, and she passed away peacefully in her home. Her family and friends will miss her dearly but are thankful she is no longer in pain. The gardens in Heaven are even more beautiful now that she is there.
Betty is survived by her husband, Kendall Darrach; sons, Donald Lamb and Nathan Darrach; daughters, Laura (Lamb) Campbell and Kendra (Darrach) Lawson; sister, Connie (Ulrich) Whitaker; grandchildren, Zachary Zapatka, Alex Zapatka, Jeffrey Lamb, Sierra Lamb, Trysten Bowman, August Bowman, Myles Bowman, and Clara Lawson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Ulrich and Lula (Gottman) Ulrich; her siblings, Henry Ulrich, Fritz Ulrich, Jack Ulrich, Helen (Ulrich) Adams, Vivian (Ulrich) Plambeck, Ella (Ulrich) Scholl, and Evelyn Ulrich; her daughter, Christina Darrach; and grandson, Zin.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services are Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
Memorial has been
established.

 

     
   
     

Lorren Wright Moreland

June 19, 1926 - April 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

Lorren was born in New Underwood, SD, on June 19, 1926, to Alvin and Maggie (Judson) Moreland. He grew up on a ranch near Red Owl, SD, and attended the Red Owl School and a school they held in their home.
Lorren worked on several ranches in the surrounding area including: Interior, SD, Montana, Wyoming, and for the New Moon Trailer Company in Rapid City. He also worked on the missile bases. His ambition all his life was to be a good cowboy. He also served in the US Army.
He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and that became the most important thing in his life.
In 1950, he married Lorraine Moore and in 1957, a son, Lance, was born. Upon his fathers' death, they returned to the ranch to operate it. In 1977, Lorraine was killed in an automobile accident.
In 1990, he married Florence Hinesley. They continued to live at the ranch until December 2016 when they moved to Belle Fourche, SD.
Lorren Wright Moreland, 90, Belle Fourche and formerly of Red Owl, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; son, Lance (Connie) Moreland, Forsyth, MT; grandson, Billy (Roxanne) Moreland, Buffalo, WY; three step-children, Gary Hinesley, Cheyenne, WY, Ted (Gail) Hinesley, Bismark, ND, and Lorna (Allen) Duprel, Sturgis, SD; two great-grandchildren, Landon and Larissa; sister, Mary (Virgil) VanDeventer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; two sisters, Leona Shoun and Darlene Pummel; and one step-son, Dennis Hinesley.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday, April 12, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center, SD.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Central Meade County Community Center. Burial with military honors will be 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Prairie Bible Church and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Justice Lillian Gene Roden

November 28, 2007 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017

 

Justice was born November 28, 2007, in Gillette, WY. Justice enjoyed car rides as long as the music was loud and she would sing at the top of her lungs. She loved bike rides, dumpster diving, camping, and annoying her brother, Josh. She hated cleaning. Justice enjoyed sports and was involved with soccer and basketball.
TanLynn and Justice attended Whitewood, Belle Fourche, and Sturgis Elementary Schools. They both loved spending time with friends. They enjoyed sleepovers, jet skiing, tubing, and fishing and hunting with their uncles and cousins.
TanLynn was born October 18, 2005, in Gillette, WY. Camping wasn't TanLynn's favorite because of spiders, but she would go. She was always a protector, caregiver, and the first one to jump up to help anyone. She enjoyed going to her Uncle Smokes Ranch with Grandma Bonnie to care for Lilly the L'lama and the cats. She loved spending time with her brother, Josh, and cousin Staysha, and they meant the world to her. She also enjoyed babysitting. TanLynn was involved with cheerleading, volleyball, and basketball.
TanLynn Crystal Rain Roden, age 11, and Justice Lillian Gene Roden, age 9, both of Spearfish, died Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Survivors include their father, William "Billy" Roden, Rawlins, WY; their mother, Terri (Wilson) Roden, Spearfish; step-father, Jonathan Tate, Spearfish; uncles: Ted (Jenny) and Destiny, Anissa, Rylan, and Jaeden Wilson, Rapid City; Troy and Staysha Wilson, Sturgis; Victor Roden, Belle Fourche; Jimmy (Laurie) and Chris, R.J., and Toby Roden, Belle Fourche; Chuck (Tina) Wickstrom; aunts: Tammy Halvorsen, Devin Halvorsen and Adam, Martina, and A.J. Libby, Black Hawk, and Tracy and Toby Wilson, Sturgis; and Lavonne Jacob, Sioux Falls; brothers, Billy (Tiffany) and Bella Roden, Ontario, OR, Joshua Roden, Sturgis, and Blake Tate, Spearfish; sisters, Poetry (Ivan) Roden, Ontario, OR, and Alicia Roden, Deadwood, SD; and grandmother, Bonnie Wilson, Sturgis.
Both girls were preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur Gene Wilson, Fritz Roden, Bill Martell, and Carrie Martell; step-brother, Rhylin Gee; cousin, Clinton Johnson; special friend, Billy Vansickel; great-uncle, Gary "Smoke" Kopecky.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gymnasium with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.

 

     
   
     

TanLynn Crystal Rain Roden

October 18, 2005 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017

 

TanLynn was born October 18, 2005, in Gillette, WY. Camping wasn't TanLynn's favorite because of spiders, but she would go. She was always a protector, caregiver, and the first one to jump up to help anyone. She enjoyed going to her Uncle Smokes Ranch with Grandma Bonnie to care for Lilly the L'lama and the cats. She loved spending time with her brother, Josh, and cousin Staysha, and they meant the world to her. She also enjoyed babysitting. TanLynn was involved with cheerleading, volleyball, and basketball.
TanLynn and Justice attended Whitewood, Belle Fourche, and Sturgis Elementary Schools. They both loved spending time with friends. They enjoyed sleepovers, jet skiing, tubing, and fishing and hunting with their uncles and cousins.
Justice was born November 28, 2007, in Gillette, WY. Justice enjoyed car rides as long as the music was loud and she would sing at the top of her lungs. She loved bike rides, dumpster diving, camping, and annoying her brother, Josh. She hated cleaning. Justice enjoyed sports and was involved with soccer and basketball.
TanLynn Crystal Rain Roden, age 11, and Justice Lillian Gene Roden, age 9, both of Spearfish, died Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Survivors include their father, William "Billy" Roden, Rawlins, WY; their mother, Terri (Wilson) Roden, Spearfish; step-father, Jonathan Tate, Spearfish; uncles: Ted (Jenny) and Destiny, Anissa, Rylan, and Jaeden Wilson, Rapid City; Troy and Staysha Wilson, Sturgis; Victor Roden, Belle Fourche; Jimmy (Laurie) and Chris, R.J., and Toby Roden, Belle Fourche; Chuck (Tina) Wickstrom; aunts: Tammy Halvorsen, Devin Halvorsen and Adam, Martina, and A.J. Libby, Black Hawk, and Tracy and Toby Wilson, Sturgis; and Lavonne Jacob, Sioux Falls; brothers, Billy (Tiffany) and Bella Roden, Ontario, OR, Joshua Roden, Sturgis, and Blake Tate, Spearfish; sisters, Poetry (Ivan) Roden, Ontario, OR, and Alicia Roden, Deadwood, SD; and grandmother, Bonnie Wilson, Sturgis.
Both girls were preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur Gene Wilson, Fritz Roden, Bill Martell, and Carrie Martell; step-brother, Rhylin Gee; cousin, Clinton Johnson; special friend, Billy Vansickel; great-uncle, Gary "Smoke" Kopecky.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gymnasium with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.

 

     
   
     

Theodore "Ted" Foskett

February 3, 1940 - March 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 am Friday, March 24, 2017

 

Ted was born in Columbus, Ohio to Robert H. Foskett and Mildred Irene Raines on February 3, 1940. Ted's family moved to Detroit, MI, where he stayed until the age of 10, when he returned to Ohio in order to help his grandfather on the farm. Ted loved working on the farm and shared memories of it often.
He attended school in Pickerington, OH, until he was 17 and joined the US Air Force. Ted wanted to travel and see some of the world but unfortunately he was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA, and remained there serving 8 years with the Air Force and 16 years Civil Service. He worked in Aircraft Structural Repair most of these years. He later went on to work for B&H Heating in Rapid City. This was a job that Ted loved and enjoyed going to each day.
Ted enjoyed riding motorcycles and rode in 49 states with Alaska being the exception. He was able to ride the entire parameter of the United States. It was on this trip that he ventured into Sturgis for the Annual Motorcycle Rally. He fell in love with the Black Hills and in 1990 he moved to Piedmont. In 1996, he met his wife, Betty, and they were married in 2001. They remained in the Black Hills until 2011, when they decided to move to New Mexico for the warmer weather. Ted stayed busy remodeling their home from the ground up! He was always busy, never wasting any time. He was a true workaholic. He loved the desert and the warm weather. He would enjoy a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon while watching the sunset each night.
He had been working on his bucket list the last few years. He did get to Hawaii and rented a Harley and rode the Big Island. He did a hot air balloon ride over Albuquerque, and he got his Alaskan Cruise as well.
Ted was truly a very loving, caring and giving man, always doing whatever he could to help others. Ted will be missed dearly by all. He touched so many lives in his 77 years.
Theodore Lee "Ted" Foskett, 77, New Mexico, and formerly of Piedmont, passed away on March 15, 2017.
Ted is survived by his wife, Betty, New Mexico; son, Robert Foskett (Diane), Lake Chaparral, NM; daughter, Leanne Hughes, San Diego; brother, Bill Foskett (Debra), Michigan; sister, Carol Willey (Jack); sister, Sue Anderson (Ron), Michigan; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine; his parents; and his sister, Sharon.
Visitation will be 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy Iris Gapp

April 28, 1927 - March 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 

Dorothy was born April 28, 1927, the 6th child of 9 to Emil Emanuel Reinhold (of Swedish decent) and Hazel Vernie (Jensen) Reinhold (of Danish, Pennsylvania Dutch and English decent).
Dorothy was a missionary always sharing the love of God, His word of encouragement and comfort…along with her many food dishes. Her mission field varied from being a telephone operator to teaching in many country schools right out of high school.
She married Willard Grenz in 1948. In 1950, Willard died of a bad heart from rheumatic fever as a child.
She then taught at Morristown near Lantry, SD. Dorothy attended Northern State College and taught at Ordway before moving to New Underwood working as an LPN, then moved to Rapid City and taught at Schaefer School near Box Elder in 1954.
Dorothy and John Gapp were married in 1955. Their long union was blessed with love and devotion. Their hospitality was enjoyed by their many family friends.
Dorothy was an Avon lady for many years, receiving the Sales Representative of the Year for SD one year. She loved leading bible studies for friends, customers and neighbors which led to starting a church first in their basement and then building Piedmont Community Bible Church, Inc. in 1960. Dorothy cooked for church camps and special dinner gatherings. She loved to teach little children about Jesus in Sunday School. Dorothy had a powerful faith and testimony of God healing her of different ailments and injuries. In later years, her mission was the hospital and doctor’s offices and finally the nursing home.
Dorothy loved many things, including collecting shoes, planting many flower and vegetable gardens, and learning good clean jokes to share at the appropriate time to make people smile. She loved to play the piano, accordion, and harmonica, and sing songs about the Lord and decorating for all the holidays and seasons, having parties or big gatherings and making beautiful cakes. She preferred to raise her own chickens as that was the best tasting chicken and she was known for her fried chicken dinners and caramel rolls which she loved to share. She loved raising horses.
Dorothy Iris Reinhold Grenz Gapp, 89, passed away peacefully, March 18, 2017, in Rapid City, SD. God wrapped His arms around Dorothy and took her home after a long life of serving God by serving others.
Dorothy is survived by four children, Duane Grenz, Rapid City, SD, Willard “Bill” Grenz (Linda), Sturgis, SD, Ronald (Jackie) Gapp, Piedmont, SD, and Patty Pottorff (Mark), Vienna, MO; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren; Dorothy’s youngest sister, Ruth Humke of Longview, TX; and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Willard Grenz; her second husband, John Gapp, and their 3 babies, James, Thomas, and Patti; her brothers, Carl “Dick,” Earl “Tom,” Paul “Brownie,” Marvin “Tige” and James Reinhold; and sisters, Rosa Davis and Ila Reinhold.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Celebration of life services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Chuck Loftis officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Vale Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to support the youth ministry of Rainbow Bible Ranch, operated by the Larry and Robin Reinhold family which is the homestead where Dorothy grew up.

 

     
   
     

Sandra Jean Morgan

November 29, 1938 - March 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017

 

Sandra Jean (Schwandner) Morgan was born in Friendsville, IL, on November 29, 1938, to Albert and Laura (Leek)Schwandner. Sandy spent her childhood in southern Illinois where she attended Mount Carmel and Grayville Elementary Schools. She moved with her parents and brother, Jon, to Newcastle, WY, in 1952.
On September 26, 1956, she married Larry Doil Morgan in Rapid City and together they began to build their lives and start their family. Larry and Sandy had three children. LeAnn Larri was born in 1957, Randy Doil followed in 1958, and Laura Ilene in 1961.
Sandy worked in Greely Colorado School District as a teacher’s aide and as a secretary for six years before returning to Newcastle in 1971. She was employed at Gertrude Burns elementary school in Newcastle as a secretary for 10 years.
One of Sandy’s true joys in life was singing. She was a choir member in her church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, and also sang with the Joy singers for several years. She was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Weston County Senior Center and was also a member of Tops # 218 in Newcastle for 25 years.
In 2012, Larry and Sandy left Newcastle and moved to Spearfish, SD, to enjoy their retirement years. Together they enjoyed trips to Deadwood and time spent with family.
Sandy was very proud of her family and is survived by her husband, Larry; her three children; LeAnn (Larry) Butts, Randy Morgan, and Laura (Jay) Marchant; as well as her six grandchildren, Eliza (Doug) Dollison, Melody Marchant, Leilani (Jason) Williams, Shannon Morgan, Shaun Morgan, and Chance Morgan. Sandy also had three great–grandchildren, Tristin (Kellie) Dollison, Ashlyn Dollison, and Holly Rose Dollison. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. Survivors also include her brother, Jon, and his wife, Susan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents and infant sister, Sylvia Ann Schwandner.
Sandy was a very special person. She touched everyone she met in a special way and will be missed by all.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Newcastle Senior Center with Pastor Ron Sample officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle, WY.

 

     
   
     

Ernest D. "Ernie" Cudmore

September 14, 1941 - March 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Ernie was born September 14, 1941, in Mobridge, SD, to Albert Ernest and Marjorie Darleen (Carls) Cudmore. He grew up at Timber Lake, SD, before his family moved to the Black Hills and then to Newcastle, WY. Ernie graduated from Newcastle High School in 1959.
Ernie served in the U. S. Army from 1961 until his honorable discharge in 1963. He served during the Vietnam War.
He graduated from Black Hills State College with a BS in Business. He married Linda Seih and from this union, three children were born.
Ernie married Gloria Peters in 1989. They lived in Pierre, SD, where Ernie worked for the DOT and Morris Construction. Following his retirement, they moved back to the Black Hills.
Ernie was a member of the American Legion and the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking and canning, and loved hearing and telling good jokes. He adored his wife and loved his entire family.
Ernest Duane "Ernie" Cudmore, 75, Sturgis, died Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria, Sturgis; son, Jimmy Cudmore, Idaho Falls, ID; daughters, Kimberly McPeek and Bonnie Ascioti, both of Tucson, AZ; step-son, Brian Singelton, Pierre, SD; step-daughter, Kimberly Roberts, Sturgis; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Fred Cudmore, George Cudmore, and Gary (Nickie) Cudmore; sisters, Danielle Cudmore, Rita (Michael) Lafferty, Mona Cudmore (Kyle), and Leigh Sheets; his stepmother, Mona Demery; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Delaney and Lee Cudmore.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Family and friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy B. Short

December 13, 1923 - March 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dorothy B. "Sweetie" (Escott) Short was born December 13, 1923, in Faith, SD, to Christena "Tena" (Schradle) Escott and William "Bert" Escott. She was the oldest of 3 children. Dorothy and her family eventually moved to Sturgis where she would graduate high school in 1941. Following her graduation, she moved to Chance, SD, where she worked as a postal clerk and taught school. She later got certified through two summer school sessions to become a qualified teacher which allowed her to teach 1st-9th grade for a number of years.
In 1946, Dorothy married Robert Barr Short in a double wedding with his sister, Hazel and Charles Vansickel, in Broadus, MT. Robert was in the Army and transferred to the Air Force which stationed them at Ellsworth. Later, Robert was transferred to Denver while Dorothy stayed in Belle Fourche to teach. Robert and Dorothy moved to Sturgis in 1950 where they lived for over 60 years. Robert started Short Construction and Dorothy tended to her 6 children, Danny (1948), Duane (1950), Robin (1953), William "Bill" (1954), Robert "Bob" (1958), and Roger (1968).
In addition to her very busy family life, Dorothy was very active in a variety of groups throughout the community that included her membership with Grace Lutheran Church, Hospice, Meals on Wheels, TOPS, Red Hat Society, American Cancer Society, Buttons and Bows, and VFW Auxiliary. Her passion for being a part of the community and spending time with dear friends was no doubt the secret to living such a long and fulfilling life.
Dorothy’s energy was noticeable to every person she spent time with, whether it was for 5 minutes or for 50 years. She opened up her heart and her home on frequent occasions, whether it was offering support in a grave time in someone’s life, hosting nightly coffee, or offering a bed for a biker during the rally. She was truly one of a kind. While her death was unexpected to us all, we all can find peace knowing that she passed quickly and free of pain with her beloved friend, Charlene, by her side.
Surviving family includes sons, Danny (Bakey), Duane, Bill (Janine), Bobby (Judy), and Roger; daughter, Robin (Pat); as well as 13 grandchildren, Ben, Estee, Gram, Brad, Tessa, Brynn, Ryan, Carlyn, Taber, Errin, Seth, Griffin, and Sydney; 11 great-grandchildren; along with numerous extended family members.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Peggy McGinnis; brother, Mike Escott; and grandson, Adrian Short.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to Grace Lutheran Church and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Hannah Oedekoven

May 25, 1932 - March 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm, Friday, March 10, 2017

 

Hannah was born May 25, 1932, in Hettinger, ND, to Paul & Nordis (Fordahl) Ruby. They lived near Hettinger, ND, near Chance, SD, and then at Sorum, SD, where she grew up and attended Sorum Grade School. She attended Sturgis High School and graduated in 1950. She then worked at First National Bank in Sturgis for three years at which time she married Allen L. Oedekoven on August 23, 1953. They made their home on his farm on Nine Mile Creek northeast of Sturgis until 1971.
To this union were born a son, Timothy Allen on April 6, 1957, and daughter, Rebecca Lynne on September 26, 1961. They moved to Boulder Canyon in 1971. Allen and Hannah ran the Boulder Park Campground and Allen continued to farm the place on Nine Mile until 2006. Due to declining health and hard winters, they moved to Heritage Acres Apartments in Sturgis at the end of June 2009 after which they sold the campground. In November of 2016, she moved to Key City Assisted Living where she resided with Allen until her passing.
She was a member of the Vale Lutheran Church in Vale and Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. She was active in the women’s organizations in both of these churches.
Hannah Adela (Ruby) Oedekoven, Sturgis, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital surrounded by family.
She is survived by her husband, Allen; her daughter, Rebecca (David) Jeitz of Belle Fourche; two grandchildren, Theodore (Sarah) Jeitz of Belle Fourche and Jennifer Jeitz of Brookings; and six great-grandchildren, Walker, Weston, Audrey, Oliver, Owen, and Addie. She is also survived by her five sisters and two brothers, Lila Stark of Riverton, WY, Delores (Tom) Livingston, Decatur, AL, Leroy Ruby of Belle Fourche, Violet (Ray) Melton, Republic, MO, Richard Ruby, Black Hawk, Frances (Ron) DeWeese, Somerville, AL, and Rosella (David) Jacobs, Aurora, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy; her parents, Paul and Nordis Ruby; and one brother, Arlen Ruby.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Grace Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

Michael Roy Kindt

April 14, 1968 - February 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

No Service

 

Michael Roy Kindt was born April 14, 1968, to Sheila and Doug Kindt. He was born with a congenital heart defect and he always considered himself lucky to be alive. He underwent open heart surgery at a couple days and years old to give him the best chance of survival. When he was young he lived in Wyoming but spent most of his childhood growing up in Custer, SD, with his sister, Brandi.
When he was 25, he had a son, Hadrian Michael. Hadrian was the light of his life. He was very proud of his son and was very determined to not just be a father to him but to be the best father he could possibly be. He moved to Spearfish to attend Black Hills State University to gain an education to better support his son. While attending college, he met and fell in love with his wife, Lisa Hinz. After dating for five years they married on September 30, 2000. He always said Lisa was the best thing that happened to him and the two most important people in his life were Lisa and Hadrian.
Michael had many careers throughout his life. He was a cook, a cashier, a fake psychic, a sport betting tout, and a produce clerk. But his true passion and what he enjoyed most was writing. He authored two books (with a third soon to be released). His sense of humor was dark, somewhat twisted and thoroughly entertaining. He had a sharp wit and was extremely intelligent. He had a natural curiosity about everything around him. He had a thirst for knowledge and read vast amounts on varied subjects. He had a large collection of bibles and knew the differences of each one. He enjoyed cooking for the people he loved. He enjoyed taking care of his wife as much as she took care of him. He also had a kind heart when it came to his pets. He loved to care for animals, especially if they seemed to have no one else who would want to care for them. He also had a collection of cacti he grew from seeds. He commented they would be around long after he was gone.
Michael Kindt left this earth far too soon on February 21, 2017. He will be deeply missed by his wife and son, not to mention by countless family members and friends. He was one of a kind and can never be replaced.

 

     
   
     

Berniece Jean Chord

December 26, 1930 - February 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017

 

Berniece was born December 26, 1930, in Elm Springs, SD, to Henry and Netti (Horton) Raetz. She was the third of five children.
She married Wayne S. Chord on June 29, 1946, and they were married 63 years. Her early-married life was spent raising four children and furthering her husband’s ministry. Berniece and Wayne lived in 7 states and 30 communities over the course of their marriage. She loved to decorate and had the wonderful ability of making a house a home not only for her family but all who visited.
Berniece was never one to sit idle and will be remembered for her unrelenting work ethic. In her lifetime, she held numerous jobs including ranching, beautician, retail clerk, caterer, professional painter, driving a packer steamroller, and all the duties of a preacher’s wife. She retired from the Fort Meade Food Service Department in 2008.
Studying her Bible, playing the piano, listening to music, watching westerns, going to rodeos, and riding horse-back were some of the many activities she enjoyed. Her family will forever see her hands clapping upon hearing a rousing gospel tune.
Berniece (Raetz) Chord, a long-time resident of the Sturgis area, went to be with our Lord Sunday the 26th of February at the David M. Dorsett Care Facility in Spearfish, SD.
Left to cherish her memory are her four children and their families, Jackquline (Tom) Lewis of McCook Lake, SD, Roy (Gretchen) Chord of Torrington, WY, Clifford (Arla) Chord of Sturgis, SD, and Jeanette (Mark) Gearhart of Columbus, NE; grandchildren, Teresa (Paul) Wolf, Michelle (Pat Newton) Lewis, Carri (Darren) Odle, Rebekah (Bill) Clemons, Nichole (Scott) Ernst, Rachel (Tyler) Gaither, Cory (Heather) Gearhart, and Ashlee (Jay) Wilson; 17 great-grandchildren; and her many friends. She is also survived by one brother, William (Jo) Raetz of Lubbock, TX; and two sisters, Wanda (Ron) Anders of Sturgis, SD, and Gloria (Larry) Roberdeau of Brandon, SD.
Berniece was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Warren Raetz; a sister, Ellen (Raetz) Cowen; and one granddaughter, Rebekah (Chord) Clemons.
Memorial services will be held at Believers Fellowship Church, 180 Old Stone Road, Sturgis, SD, on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Following the service, burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Cody Lee Eatherton

May 14, 1990 - February 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, February 24, 2017

 

Cody Lee Eatherton was born May 14, 1990, In Gillette WY, to William (Bill) Eatherton and Merlene Cossitt. He attended school in Newcastle WY. He attended Clearfield Job Corps in Utah, after completing the program he worked in Utah for several months before moving back to Wyoming.
Upon his arrival, back to Gillette, WY, Cody worked for Badger Daylighting, and Charter Communications where he worked as a BBT Technician.
When Cody was 2 years old he went to live with his father and Grandma JoAnne Foertsch. He was raised in Newcastle WY. Growing up Cody had many different animals, He had a favorite pet Goat. His most favorite fur Baby was his Boxer Rosy. Cody, was active in Track and Field and Swimming for the Newcastle Dogies. Cody enjoyed computers and Xbox, he loved Final Fantasy, Rome Total War, Arc Survival Revolved Dungeons and Dragons, He also played Magic the Gathering. His favorite music groups were Avenge Sevenfold, Cradle of Filfth.
He was a family man and loved his Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Sisters, Brother, Nephew, and Nieces.
Cody, 26, Gillette, passed away suddenly February 14, 2017, at his residence in Gillette WY.
He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandparents, Paternal Grandparents, and Three uncles.
Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Family Life Church in Gillette, Wyoming with Pastor Donny Edwards officiating. Private family inurnment at a later date.
Memorial may be sent to Gillette Humane Society or Campbell County suicide Prevention coalition.

 

     
   
     

Kindra Kay Aaker

December 9, 1964 - February 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, February 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Kindra Kay Aaker was born December 9, 1964, to Floyd and Lila (Loughlin) Aaker in Sturgis, SD. She had one older sister, Connie, and they spent their whole lives by each other's side. She grew up in Bison, SD. Kindra faced many obstacles. She was short in stature but big in personality.
She was her grandma Loughlin's little angel.
Kindra's spunk, wit, stubbornness, and good heart made her taller than anyone else. She loved children and capturing life's greatest moments on camera. Kindra had a love of basketball and was a huge fan of the Winner Warriors and the Bison Cardinals. She worked at the Bison Bar for thirteen years and met many new friends throughout those years.
Kindra was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2015. She fought that battle hard and with the grace and fortitude that she did with every other obstacle she ever faced.
She was set free to be with her beloved mom and dad on February 13, 2017, at 2:17 a.m. surrounded by those that loved her most.
She is survived by her sister, Connie, and one niece, Brittnee, both of Bison. Kindra loved Brittnee very much and Brittnee loved her back. She is also survived by her three favorite puppies, Spud, Copper, and Mystique. She has 2 surviving aunts, Ellen Schick and Liz Loughlin, both of Sturgis, SD; many cousins; and lots of friends who were more like family.
She was preceded in death by her dad and mom; both sets of grandparents, Floyd and Ruth Loughlin and Ole and Ella Aaker; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm with family services at 1:00 p.m. until service time on Friday, February 17, 2017.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at the American Lutheran Church in Bison with Pastor Tera Lowe officiating. She will be buried at the Bison cemetery next to her mom. Lunch will be served after the burial at the American Lutheran Church in the basement.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Harold Paul Thomas

July 22, 1924 - February 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 

Harold was born July 22, 1924 in Dalzell, SD, to Paul and Elizabeth (Kramer) Thomas.
Harold attended and graduated Rapid City High School. He served in the US Army in WWII from 1943 until 1945. Harold married Mary Jane Maier on May 20, 1962, in Rapid City, SD. He was an auto mechanic and after working numerus other garages, he settled in at Thomas Auto with his brother until his retirement. Harold loved to play and teach his granddaughters the organ, take them fishing, and eat crab with them on Friday nights. One of his many sayings was, "I never have met a stranger."
Harold P. Thomas, 92, Rapid City, died Monday, February 6, 2017, at his home in Rapid City.
Harold is survived by his three daughters, Michelle (Brian) Smith, Omaha, NE, Diane (Terry) Upton, Jacksonville, AL, and Barbara (Bob) Watson, Roswell, NM; one brother, Frank Thomas, Rapid City; one sister, Betty Bloom, UT; seven grandchildren, Isabella and Olivia Smith, Steve and David Griffith, Stacy Upton, Meredith Scott, and Travis Watson; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane; one daughter, Cindy Griffith; one grandson; and one brother, Leland Thomas.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Rapid City, SD. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for Story Book Island in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Mildred Marie Willson

January 19, 1919 - February 8, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Mildred was born January 19, 1919 in Lusk, WY, to Clarence and Arta (Anderson) Leeling. She married Frank Willson on March 2, 1940, in Deadwood, SD. In 1946, they purchased land south of Whitewood in in 1953, began raising Angus cattle.
Mildred Willson, 98, of Whitewood, SD, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, Jim and Donna of Whitewood and Vern and Shirley of Black Hawk, SD; one daughter, Irene Wehner of Whitewood; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, siblings, and a son-in-law.
Visitation will be Friday, February 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Whitewood Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jil Jennewein officiating.
Interment will be at St. Onge Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Whitewood Presbyterian Church Benevolence Fund.

 

     
   
     

Vera Marie Dutton

January 3, 1927 - February 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Vera was born on the Collins Homestead near Plainview, SD, on January 3, 1927, to William and Ida Collins. She graduated Valedictorian from Faith High School in 1945, then went on to receive her teaching certificate from Black Hills Normal School later that same year. Vera taught in a one room school house for the next three years, riding horseback 18 miles to school every week.
In 1943, she started "going steady" with her classmate, Harold Dutton, and in the summer of 1945 they were engaged, and were married on June 25, 1947. After their wedding, the couple made their home on the Dutton Ranch, where they lived until moving to Spearfish in 2007.
Vera was proud of their time on the ranch and took an active part in the day-to-day operations. Their stewardship was recognized in 1989 when they were selected as the State Range Managers of the year. In 2015, Vera traveled to the State Fair in Huron to receive recognition as a Centennial Ranch. She loved animals and horses, even reminiscing of how she rode a bronc for the full 8 seconds at the Faith Stock Show when she was just 18. Vera liked to garden and loved to cook, especially seeing others enjoy her food. Vera was a tender loving person, always thinking of others before herself. She was extremely sharp minded and could recall facts and details because she truly cared about others. Vera was an accomplished musician, playing the piano, accordion, harmonica, violin, and guitar, all by ear. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona, and taught Sunday School and Bible School and was active in the Ladies Aide group. She served her church eagerly with honor and praise, and later served on the Resident Council at Edgewood Vista and faithfully played the piano for Edgewood chapel services up until three weeks before her death. She said playing the piano was good for her spirit and kept her fingers nimble. She also provided her musical talents as an RSVP volunteer.
Family was important to her. She rarely missed any family event or activity. Her last request was to insure her kids were OK and to tell us to hug and kiss our kids every day.
Vera Marie (Collins) Dutton, 90, Spearfish, died Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center in Spearfish.
Vera is survived by her sons, Melvin (Marcia) Dutton, Faith, David (Bonnie) Dutton, Spearfish, and Daryle (Stacey) Dutton, Tempe, AZ; daughter, Linda (Dennis) Anders-Hathaway, Mud Butte; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ida; her husband, Harold; one daughter, Sheree' Dutton; six brothers, Leo, Lloyd, John, Tom, Ralph, and Elmer; one sister, Alyce Johnson; and a great-grandson, Gabriel Dutton.
Visitation will be Friday, February 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish with Pastor Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will be at the Dutton Family Ranch Cemetery at a later date.
A memorial has been established in her name to the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona, SD.

 

     
   
     

Shirley Mae Overland

January 8, 1920 - January 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

Shirley Mae Overland, 97, was living at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City at the time of her death on January 26, 2017.
In her earlier years while living in Huron, SD, she was very active in her church and also became the director of the Huron Area Senior Center. She was instrumental in changing a dormitory at Huron College into a senior center and housing complex for seniors. It was the first senior center in the nation to be developed on a college campus. During her years as director, it was selected as one of the top 10 senior centers in the nation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Over the years, she was active in programs and committees at the local and national level and received numerous awards and recognition for her work with seniors. In 1981-82, she was recognized in Who's Who of American Women.
Shirley was a "go-getter" and made things happen that improved the quality of life for many seniors. For her daughter, Dianne, who was born with spina bifida, she fought for her right to attend public school and for other rights that were not available to physically challenged people at that time in our history.
In her later years living at Aspen Grove Assisted Living in Sturgis, she loved the motorcycle rally and spent many an hour on the porch at Aspen watching the bikers ride by as well as trips downtown with her daughters to get "closer to the action!" She continued to be an active participant in the activities at Aspen Grove and very much enjoyed having her family close by. They will always remember and treasure their times together.
She was very gracious and accepting of the changes her family "suggested" to her. First was moving from her country home outside Custer into senior apartments in town. The apartments were named Landover (Overland backwards) Estates in recognition of her efforts that helped make the facility a reality. Little did she know that she would someday be living there! She also agreed to give up driving and ultimately moved into assisted living. How fortunate for us that she went along with these major changes in her life! Thanks, dear Mom...
Age and health issues slowed her down in her 90's, but her spirit, sense of humor, and outlook on life remained strong, positive, and fearless - a tribute to her faith and the strength she gained from it.
Memorial service will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Custer Lutheran Fellowship with and inurnment at Riverside Cemetery in Huron in the spring.

 

     
   
     

Joseph Eugene DesJarlais

July 11, 1939 - January 27, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2017

 

Joseph Eugene DesJarlais was born to Joseph Henry and Mae (Hammond) DesJarlais in Murdo, SD, on July 11, 1939. Joe’s mother taught school on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. His father was one of the early cowboys who drove cattle from Texas to Kansas and on to Belle Fourche and Montana on what we know as the Chisolm Trail. He later bought a barbershop, hotel and saloon in Norris, all of which he traded for a ‘37 Chevy during the depression. He loaded his family and moved to Sturgis in 1940. In 1941, his father purchased the farm property which has since served as the family residence.
Joe grew up in Sturgis where his earliest job was working as a shoe shine boy in his dad’s barbershop. Joe had a passion for visiting the surrounding towns, attending Saturday night dances during his high school days. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He graduated in 1958 from Brown High School then attended college in Ames, Iowa, studying architecture.
Joe met his wife, Sylvia Kramer who was also attending college in Ames as a Nursing student. They were married 4 months later in August 1960 and moved to Des Moines where they had 3 children. Joe worked for Capp homes as an Architect and Sylvia worked in the local hospital as an RN.
Joe returned to Sturgis in 1964 when his father became ill. He attended Barber school in Fargo, ND, and took over the Midway barbershop on Main Street Sturgis. He later opened the People Place but had a temporary setback due to cardiac problems and moved his business to his home in 1983. Joe was active in the Jaycees, Lions Club, and helping with the Boy Scouts program.
Joe bought his boyhood home from his mother in 1970 and began building his vision of paradise from the ground up. Using plans from high school drafting class he and his family built their current home and he continued building and shaping the property right up until his death.
Joe worked on the planning and zoning committee in Sturgis and later served on the city council for 5 years. He was very active with the Mended Hearts association, more importantly as a voice for the children of Mended Little Hearts, which is a program dedicated to patients and families of children with congenital heart disease and improving their quality of life.
His hobbies were too many to mention but enjoyed hunting and fishing with his kids, gold panning, and especially wood working, glass etching, and any new creative building project he dreamed up.
One of the legacies he left for his boys was an annual camping trip. It all started in 1969 over Memorial Day, a tradition that has continued every year for the last 46 years.
Another one of Joe’s favorite events started with a few friends staying with them during the Sturgis Rally over 30 years ago. The group of friends has grown over the years and his presence will be sorely missed.
Joe passed away January 27, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital from complications relating to longstanding cardiovascular disease.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; sister, Devee (Cliff) Lushbough, Aurora CO; daughter, Tami DesJarlais, Sturgis; son, Joe (Sharon), Westminster, CO; son, Scott (Amy), South Pittsburg, TN; and grandchildren, Kristina, Joe, Ryan, Tyler, and Maggie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Henry and Mae DesJarlais.
Memorial services will be held Monday, January 30, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association.

 

     
   
     

Richard Travis Copeland

February 23, 1937 - January 27, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

Richard was born to Benjamin and Lessie (Smith) Copeland on February 23, 1937 in Cheneville, LA.
Richard served in the Air Force for 22 years. He loved to read in his spare time and listening to his favorite artist Patsy Cline.
Richard Travis Copeland died January 27, 2017 at Fort Meade Medical Center in Sturgis; SD.
He is survived by his 2 daughters Catherine Kuntz of Black Hawk, SD; Christine Anschutz of Midland, TX; son, Richard Copeland of Komo, TX; ex-wife Jennie Copeland , Bonner Springs, KS;7 grandchildren. Richard is proceded in death by his parents, sister and brother.
Graveside Services with military honors will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

 

     
   
     

Lucille Denese "Nunny" Tysdal

December 6, 1929 - January 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017

 

Nunny was born December 6, 1929, on her grandfather's ranch at White Owl, SD, to Jimmie and Ethel "Honey" (Horton) Simons. The family lived for 9 years at White Owl before moving to Marcus. They moved to Plainview where they owned and operated the Plainview Store. Nunny graduated from Faith High School in 1947.
Nunny met Clinton Tysdal at a country dance. They were married April 20, 1949, at Red Owl. They lived north of Red Owl before buying the Phillips place east of Red Owl. They leased the old Tysdal Ranch for 25 years. They retired in 1995 and moved to Sturgis. Nunny and Clinton wintered in Wickenburg, AZ, for 20 years where she made many friends and the ladies there still call their weekly get togethers after Nunny. It was often said she could have been elected Mayor of Wickenburg.
Nunny kept her coffee pot hot and usually a stop at her home meant pie and coffee or if near meal time a wholesome meal would be ready and she insisted everyone stay for the meal. Hospitality was her motto.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, the VFW Auxiliary, and the Red Owl Decksters Card Club.
Lucille Denese "Nunny" Tysdal 87. Elwood, NE, and formerly of Sturgis, died Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Elwood Care Center.
Survivors include her son, Wade (Pat) Tysdal, Johnson Lake, NE; daughter, Wendi (Jeff) Kranz, Kranzburg, SD; two sisters, Bonnie Hunt, Custer, SD, and Phoenix, AZ, and Ting (Volmer) Jensen, Sturgis and Chandler, AZ; five grandchildren, Travis (Kasey) Tysdal, Blair NE, Beth Ann, Wall, SD, Trent (Melissa) Tysdal, Sioux Falls, Kyle (Desi) Kranz, Rapid City, and Denise (Wesley) Westrum, Watertown, SD; and seven great-grandchildren, Alex, Morgan, Tripp, Brendon Clinton, Taryn, Jake, and Sydney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers, Louie, John L., and Galen.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, January 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to St. Anthony's Catholic Church at Red Owl and the Red Owl Hall.

 

     
   
     

Hannah Beatrice Pederson

March 6, 1936 - December 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

12:30 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017

 

Hannah Beatrice Pederson was born March 6, 1936, in Sturgis, SD, to Charles and Irene (McDonald) Limbo. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1955. Hannah married Richard Hobbs on December 1, 1955, in King County, Seattle, WA.
Hannah married Olin “Pete” Pederson on January 8, 1965, and to this marriage, she instantly became Mother to three children.
Hannah was a woman with many talents. She was winner of many Debate Contests in High School. She was a lifetime member of the Rebekah Assembly of South Dakota and was honored to be President from 1985 to 1986. Hannah was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW and the American Legion Auxiliary. She worked many different jobs throughout her life which included working as a waitress and cook, as a sales person, the Jailer for the Meade County Jail, and a seamstress and shipper for Black Hills Special Services.
Her last place of residency was at Heritage Acres Apartments where she made many friends. She had a very active social life playing cards or dominoes, having coffee and lunch with all her friends, attending entertainment events, and just spending time with her friends and family.
Hannah, 80, Sturgis, died Friday, December 30, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her step-children, Westley Pederson, Sturgis, Linda Yuill and her husband, Russell, Sturgis, and Patricia Santhanam and her husband, Suresh, New Cumberland, WV; three sisters, Delores Bachand, Sturgis, Jessie Mann and her husband, Warren, Seattle, WA, and Emma Aldren, Sturgis; and sister-in-law, Diane Limbo. She also is survived by ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and four brothers, Donald, Bud, Ray, and Wes.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Grace Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

Alfred William Dymock, Jr.

May 26, 1926 - December 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Private Family December 29, 2016

 

Alfred was born May 26, 1926 in Phoenix, AZ to Alfred and Augustine (Deubler) Dymock, He graduated in 1944 from Grants Pass, OR. He served in the Korean War as a jet fighter pilot, flying over 100 combat missions.
Alfred W. Dymock, Jr. died peacefully December 27, 2016 at the Fort Meade Hospice.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maureen and their three children, Karine (David) Carpenter, Rapid City, SD; Blaine Dymock, Hillsboro, OR; and Douglas (Jeanette) Dymock, Boise, ID; as well as five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A small private family prayer and communion service is being presided over by Rev. Kathleen Batchelder at the First Congregational Church on December 29, 2016.

 

     
   
     

Donald Robert Kivimaki

July 19, 1934 - December 20, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Donald Robert Kivimaki was born July 19, 1934, at his grandparent's home west of Newell, SD, on Horse Creek to Lillie (Piekkola) and Nestor Kivimaki. He grew up north east of Newell in the Twilight area. He attended grade school at the Karinen School and then attended high school in Newell for two years. Due to his mother's death, he dropped out to help at home.
He was self-taught as he would read a lot. He was able to fix most anything along with all kinds of equipment through the years. In the neighborhood, he was called Dr. Don and many called for his help.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge for several years. He was also a County Commissioner for one term of four years.
He married Arvilla Viken September 18, 1955, and they lived in Rapid City where he worked for Winston Olson in landscaping until they moved south of Newell in 1956 and worked for Don Engelson at Valley Implement in Newell.
December 1957, they moved back to the home place where he and his brother and dad farmed and raised cattle and sheep. In 1960, he went into partnership with his brother, Elmer, and they ran the Kivimaki Brothers until Elmer's death in April 1988. Then he and Arvilla went in as partners and they farmed until selling the place and moving to Spearfish in 2001.
Don passed away December 20, 2016, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Facility in Spearfish, SD.
Survivors include his wife, Arvilla; daughter, Gail (Dale) Knutson, Vale, SD; son, Douglas, Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren, Amanda Knutson, Lubbock, TX, and Karl Knutson, Vale, SD; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents; two brothers, Elmer and Jack; two sisters, Virginia Sprouse and Leona Lewton; and an infant son preceded him in death.
Visitation will be Monday, December 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Don's name to the Newell Ambulance Service.

 

     
   
     

Jimmie Lewis Aldren, Sr.

August 1, 1932 - December 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, December 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Jimmie Lewis Aldren, Sr., 84, of Sturgis, died at his home on December 11, 2016. He was born on August 1, 1932, to Olaf and Beda Aldren in Lennox, SD.
During his early years through his graduation from Rapid City High School in 1950, Jim spent his life on the family farm in Black Hawk, SD. On August 2, 1952, Jim married June Huchendorf and, by this union, had four children. After moving to Sturgis, SD, in 1957, Jim purchased and operated the A & W Drive-In, a venture he continued for twenty-nine years afterward. It was in Sturgis that Jim met his second wife, Emma Draine, whom he married on December 22, 1986. A gifted repairman, Jim also worked as the service manager at Owens Interstate Sales for twenty years and, even after his retirement, stayed busy by helping his wife, Emma, deliver the mail. Apart from his work, Jim’s varied interests led him to pursue many diverse undertakings in his church and community. At different points throughout his life, Jim was a business owner, a deputy sheriff, a volunteer firefighter, a licensed pilot, and a city councilman. He truly was a jack of all trades.
The only quality that eclipsed Jim’s relentless work ethic was his endless devotion to family and friends. From broken washing machines to unfinished school projects, Jim was always willing to lend a helping hand in order to get a job done, and get it done right. His kind heart and gentle demeanor endeared him to many, as his graciousness became quickly evident to anyone whom he met. However, this cordial compassion did not come from a conscious effort on Jim’s part. Instead, it was natural for him, inherent in his personality, and it seemed to physically manifest itself in his rich laugh and big smile. Jim’s kindness, however, was not compensation for a weakness of spirit, because behind his amiable exterior was a man of integrity and virtue. His common sense helped him dictate right from wrong, and his strong will helped him to make the honest choice in any situation. Quite simply, Jim was the perfect example of a good man: a loving father and husband, a loyal friend, and a man of the highest personal character.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Emma; his four children, Janice (John) Simons, Jim Jr. (Margie) Aldren, Jerry Aldren, and Jon (Heidi) Aldren; his three stepchildren, Jim Draine, Randy Draine, and Denise (Steve) Shuck; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Beda Aldren; his brother, Richard Aldren; his granddaughter, Kristi Simons; his great-grandson, Christian VanHorn; and his daughter-in-law, Shari Aldren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, December 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastors Willard Olsen and Herbert Cleveland officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Grace Lutheran Church and the Sturgis Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Donald Herman Berger

February 17, 1936 - December 10, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016

 

Donald Herman Berger passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Sturgis SD, after a short illness. This was a surprise and brought sadness to many of his family and friends who were convinced he would outlive them all from pure German stubbornness. He would have been 81 in February.
Donald was born on February 17, 1936, in Sturgis, SD, to Fred and Elizabeth (Friehauf) Berger. He was raised on the family farm ten miles north of Whitewood, in Whitewood Valley and attended Country School via horseback near his home until High School. Don graduated from Sturgis High School and went on to work with his Dad on the farm. He always worked hard even at a young age and built his own beekeeping business and the family farm into a profitable ranch.
In June of 1971 he married Betty Rud from Gettysburg, SD. They had two children, Harold Berger and Dawn Berger who he raised to value hard work by giving them a great childhood experience of life on a farm. He had an infectious love of livestock husbandry with a special ability for cattle and poultry. He loved to hatch chicks and geese in the spring and couldn't wait for all the babies every year.
At the age of 50, life circumstances sent Don on a new adventure, moving the family into Whitewood. Don went to work for Hills Materials Company and drove delivery truck for them for the next twenty years. He loved going all over in the truck, meeting new people and seeing new parts of beautiful country.
Don loved to have good conversations with great friends, a cold beer and a lot of laughs. He liked nothing better than a good "visit". He also enjoyed seeing his three grandsons, Nolan and Orin Berger and Christopher Egerdahl, to whom he bestowed many nuggets of grandfatherly wisdom on, if they wanted it or not. In the last few years of his life, with the help of his son and grandson, he resumed beekeeping. He enjoyed teaching them what he knew from the past, learning new methods and meeting other bee keepers.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, SD, with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating followed by luncheon at the church and burial at Whitewood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Whitewood Senior Citizens.

 

     
   
     

Doris Isabel Williamson

August 30, 1923 - December 5, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016

 

Doris was born in 1923 to Albert and Ella (Linstrom) Oedekoven, in Sturgis, SD. She was raised on the family ranch near Vale, SD, attended grade school at Nine Mile School and graduated from Sturgis High School.
She married Richard Williamson in 1943 in Sturgis. They ranched near Union Center for 19 years. Due to Richard's health, they moved to Hot Springs, SD. Upon Richard's death in 1996, she moved to Sturgis.
While in Hot Springs, Doris worked at the VA Medical Center, the school lunch program, and at the Hot Springs Public Library where she served as librarian for 12 years.
Doris and Richard were instrumental in developing programs for the handicapped which included a group living facility in Hot Springs. They were involved in the Association for Retarded Citizens, charter members of the Evangelical Free Church, and volunteered at the Elderly Meals Program. Since moving to Sturgis, Doris has also volunteered at the Sturgis Hospital.
Doris Williamson, 93, formerly of Sturgis, died Monday, December 5, 2016, at Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls, MN.
Survivors include her four daughters, Norma (Bill) Wright, Sandra Williamson, Milaca, MN, Patricia (Dick) Salmon, Redwood Falls, MN, and Joyce (Ron) Karlsten, Mukilteo, WA; a son, Dick (Jody)Williamson, Fort Worth, TX; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Allen (Hannah) Oedekoven, Sturgis; and many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Richard; a daughter, Nancy; an infant son; four brothers, two sisters; and her parents along with many relatives and friends.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Services will be Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Aaron Munsell officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for LifeSpring Wesleyan Church and the Service Enterprise Inc. of Redwood Falls, MN.

 

     
   
     

John William Jordan

June 18, 1944 - November 29, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

John William Jordan, 72, Sturgis, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
John was born June 18, 1944, in Wagner, SD, to Clifford and Mini Jordan, the youngest of seven children. Soon after John's birth, his father was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The family farm near Armor, SD, was sold, and like a scene out of the Grapes of Wrath, the family traveled in an old Model A with household goods strapped to the top to Superior, AZ. The warm and dry climate did not provide the conditions expected to improve his father's health. The family soon moved back to South Dakota where his father became a patient in the sanatorium in Custer, SD. After his father's death when John was three, the family moved to White River, SD, to be close to his mother's family, the McKees. It was in White River where John spent his formative years and became fiercely attached and loyal to his extended family. Throughout his life, his closest friends were his relatives and he never lived far from this extended family.
John was quick to stand up for himself and his family. Growing up in the 1950's he and his siblings suffered the social stigma against tuberculosis, since it was well known that his father had died of the disease. It was not uncommon for kids to taunt him and his sister, Beverly, as "TB Jordan." John was quick to protect his family's honor and had many visits with school officials for fighting. He once said that after a while the kids left him alone, not because he won every fight, but because he never backed down from one.
Though John never knew his father well, he only had faint and vague memories of his dad, he was fortunate to have a "father-like" relationship with his uncle, Jim Goff. John lived with Uncle Jim and Aunt Evelyn in California during his early years of high school in the late 1950's. With a smile, John always called this his boot camp experience, since as a young and somewhat rowdy teenager, his mother sent him to live with Uncle Jim to provide "father-like" discipline she felt he needed, which for those who remember Uncle Jim, he had no problem providing. John loved Jim and was at his side when Jim died tragically in a vehicle accident in the mid 1970's.
John was married at the age of 21 to Susanne Smithburg. Though the marriage was not destined to last, their relationship did result in three children; Aaron, Jenifer, and Karena. John loved and took pride in his children, their spouses, and his many grandchildren. Though he grew up without a father, he himself was a good father to his children. He gave them love, encouragement, discipline when necessary, and was always there to assist when they needed a helping hand.
In 1982, John married his life partner, Charlotte Peterson. This marriage extended John's family to include Char's daughter, Cheryl, and her two sons. John and Char packed a lot into a marriage that spanned 34 years. In addition to working, raising children, doting on their grandchildren, they also traveled throughout the United States on their Honda motorcycle, spent many winters living it up in Arizona, and spent several years living in California during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays selling pumpkins and Christmas trees. Char became a member of the extended family, and in addition to her own daughter, Cheryl, and her family, was a loving and caring parent to Aaron, Jenifer, and Karena, and their families.
John was never one to sit still; there was always something that needed to be done. He loved tinkering with anything that needed to be fixed. His home is scattered with finished projects, others still waiting his experienced touch. He didn't like spending more on gasoline than what was necessary; he would spend $1 driving around to find the cheapest gas that saved him 50 cents. John was not known for his great memory, one grandson once remarked about his many trips to McDonalds with Grandpa, "Why does Grandpa always forget to turn into McDonalds?" John's memory issue is most likely a byproduct of his next trait; he was a dreamer, a trait he shares with many of his relatives (like Mike and Vic Wang); he always had or was making a plan or had a "can’t lose" idea. But above all else, John was dedicated to his family; their problems became his problems. He was unselfish with his time and was always willing to lend an ear, advise, and along with Char, ensured that his siblings and cousins had access to the best medical care. They always took the time and expense to drive family members to appointments in Rochester, MN, or opened up their home if they needed a place to convalesce. John will be greatly missed and his loss opens a hole in our hearts that cannot be filled; but like the example he provided through his own trials and tribulations, we will endure and carry his example forward.
John is survived by his wife, Charlotte Jordan; son, Aaron of Sturgis, and his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, John and wife, Taylor, Andy, and Mya; daughter, Jenifer Jensen of Lance Creek, WY, her husband, Chris, and two sons, Keith Eich and Drake Jennings and his wife, Megan; daughter, Karena Carlson from Burke, VA, and her husband, Travis, and their two children, Zoe and Anders; daughter, Cheryl Salsbury of Sturgis, her partner, Brian, and son, Sean Salsbury, and his wife, Becca; sisters, Bonnie Wang of Sturgis and Beverly Rada of Boise, ID; and his many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Minnie; brothers, Clifford, Merle and Frank; sister, Betty Scull; and grandson, Ryan Waterland.
Visitation will be Friday, December 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Herbert Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood.

 

     
   
     

Ida Mae Orwick

May 22, 1929 - December 1, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:30 am Monday, December 5, 2016

 

Ida Mae was the daughter of Theodore C. and Mary (Graf) Renelt of the Twilight area and lived all her life on the family ranch. She attended a country school at Twilight (Heston School) and high school at St. Martin's Academy in Sturgis for 4 years because her father wanted her and her sister, Betty Anne, to have a religious education! She obtained a teaching certificate at Black Hills State College and taught for 3 years at country schools. She married a neighbor boy from Mud Butte, Richard Orwick, son of Christ and Kathryn Orwick, on July 9, 1950. She always loved the ranch life, working with livestock and horses, being a helpmate to her husband, and taking care of the cattle, sheep, and horses.
She enjoyed sewing and her garden but killed all houseplants. She was active member of the Western South Dakota Sheep Grower’s Auxiliary and served as president. She was treasurer of Union Township for 20 years and was on the election board for 20 years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Mud Butte.
Ida Mae Orwick, age 87, Newell, SD, passed away peacefully from cancer on Wednesday, December 1, 2016, in Spearfish, SD.
Her main interests were her family and her grandchildren. She is survived by three daughters, Joan Luft, New Orleans, LA, Mary Kathryn (Jeff) Burket, Spearfish, SD, and Marcia (Dan) Olson, Spearfish, SD; two sons, Dale (Sundae) Orwick, Winnemucca, NV, and Bob (Jennifer) Orwick on the ranch north of Newell, SD. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Anne Smeenk; her cousin, Frances Graf, Hoover, SD; ten grandchildren, Erin (Alex) Katz, New Orleans, LA, Courtney (Lucas) Buchholz, Nashville, TN, Trevor (Angela) Olson, Sundance, WY, Nick, Ryan, and Zack Olson, Spearfish, SD, Lexy and Logan Burket, Spearfish, SD, and Will and Sam Orwick, Newell, SD; four great-grandchildren, MacKenna and Jhett Olson, Sundance, WY, and John Bennett and Sloane Katz, New Orleans, LA; four step-grandchildren, Cody Shane Simons, Shannon Simons, Travis Simons, and Ashley Selgeby; and several nieces and nephews and friends in the surrounding area.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Orwick on December 4, 1991; and son, Dick, age 26, on November 9, 1993, in a car accident. This changed her life. She was also preceded by her parents, Theordore C. Renelt and Mary (Graf) Renelt; two infant sisters, Marian Fay, born February 9, 1927, died March 21, 1927, and Nancy Elaine, born and died on February 27, 1938; brother-in-law, Jack Smeenk; son-in-law, John Luft; and several uncles and aunts.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 4th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary/Vigil service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 5, 2016, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell with celebrants Monsignor Michael Woster and Father James Hoerter. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Mud Butte, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell, and the Newell Ambulance Service.

 

     
   
     

Darlene Sara Ziegenbein

February 9, 1939 - November 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Darlene Sara Thomson was born February 9, 1939, in Deadwood, SD, to James and Leota Thomson. She attended school at St. Pats in Lead and began dating Bill Ziegenbein in 1954. Darlene graduated from Sturgis High School in 1957. Upon graduation, Darlene moved to Seattle, WA, and worked for The Boeing Company. She returned to the Black Hills and married the love of her life on September 28, 1958. Darlene and Bill made their home and raised their children in the Piedmont area. They established Zieg Trucking in 1960 and Darlene spent 44 years keeping the books for their business ventures. More importantly, Darlene raised their three children and created a warm and loving home for her family. In 1993, Darlene and Bill partially retired when they sold Zieg Trucking and in 2004 they fully retired after selling their farm on Red Shirt Table.
Darlene was an active member and volunteer in her catholic church. She was a longtime member of the Piedmont Sewing Circle and enjoyed helping in her children’s classrooms. Flower gardening was one of her most loved pastimes and Darlene spent every spring and summer creating a gorgeous yard. Darlene was an avid reader, enjoyed bird watching, and was always ready to play a good-natured game with family and friends.
Darlene was a wonderful and beloved mother and grandmother. She and Bill spent much of their time traveling, visiting their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Together, they toured the Black Hills by four-wheeler and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with their many cherished friends.
Darlene’s memory and inspiration is carried on by her husband, Bill Ziegenbein, Piedmont, SD; son, Zane (Conni) Ziegenbein, Sturgis, SD; daughter, Kim (Dan) Quenon, Peoria, AZ; son, Shane (Shawna) Ziegenbein, Portland, OR; granddaughters, Kyndal (Chad) Strenge, Colman, SD, Genevieve Quenon, Peoria, AZ, and Stevie Spencer, Box Elder, SD; grandsons, Jake Quenon, Peoria, AZ, and Zachary Ziegenbein, Sturgis, SD; great-grandchildren, Cody, Kaia, Kali, and Cole Strenge, Colman, SD; brother, Paul (Helen) Thomson, Sun City, AZ; sister-in-law, Joann Thomson, Rapid City, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and lifelong friends.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, James and Leota; her parents-in-law, Theron and Selma Ziegenbein; three brothers, Irvin (Helen) Thomson, Junior (Marge) Thomson, and Rodger Thomson; sister, Louise (Francis) Parsons; and sisters-in-law, Charlotte Bachand and Jeanne (Buzz) Andrews.
Visitation will be held Monday, December 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont with Father Andrzej Wyrostek officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers the family request that a memorial be given to the Piedmont Library or the Red Cloud Indian School.

 

     
   
     

James Wayne Bradley

December 15, 1932 - November 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Jim was born December 15, 1932, to Edmund and Laura (Higgins) Bradley in Springfield, SD. He is the second eldest of five children; Charles, Mary, Sharon, and Mark (Bub). Jim was raised near Marcus, SD, where he attended grade school. He graduated high school from St. Martin’s Academy in 1952. After graduation, he returned to work on the family ranch near Marcus until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1955. He attended basic training at Fort Lewis and was stationed in Japan until 1957. He then served with the SD Army National Guard until 1961 when he was honorably discharged.
Jim met the love of his life, Thelma McAmis, in 1958 and they married January 2, 1960. Together, Jim and Thelma were blessed with seven children; Janet, Lori, Brian, Pamela, Patricia, Lisa, and Bruce.
Jim was a passionate rancher from an early age. After serving his country, he returned to Hermosa, SD, where he continued to ranch with his father. During his time in Hermosa, he began working for Western Cattle Company as a ranch manager, where he then operated several ranches throughout western South Dakota. In 1974, Jim and his family moved to Sturgis where he worked for Bradley Sodding until 1979. After retirement, he kept busy lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He especially enjoyed spending time with and helping his children and grandchildren.
Our favorite memories of Dad include his daily phone calls to family and friends "just checking in." He never spoke a word without a sense of humor or teasing remark which all of us enjoyed. Family gatherings always surrounded the dinner table, which filled him with joy, love, and pride.
James Wayne Bradley, 83, Sturgis, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Fort Meade surrounded by family.
Jim is survived by his wife, Thelma of Sturgis; five daughters, Janet (Glen) Long of Enning, Lori (Dave) Kunz of Edina, MN, Pamela (Ulrich) Hollering of Ingolstadt, Germany, Patricia (Gary) Hinkle of Omaha, NE, Lisa Larsen of Spearfish, and Bruce Bradley (Tracy Davis) of Sturgis; 13 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Laura; father, Edmund; stepmother, Madge; son, Brian; grandson, Benjamin; son-in-law, Scott; and brother, Mark.
Our family would like to extend a special thank you to all those who kept us in their thoughts and prayers; and to the nursing staff at Fort Meade who provided excellent care and support to our father and family.
Rosary services will be held Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Interment will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Joseph "Bill" Andrews

September 20, 1927 - November 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Joseph "Bill" Andrews, 89 of Sturgis, passed away November 13, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital. He was a kind and gentle soul who had been in failing health for several weeks and was comforted by his son.
Bill was born in Lead, SD, on September 20, 1927, to Nina Leona and John Henry Andrews. He attended Lead High School and worked part-time at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Lead. He married Jean Williams in July, 1957. He worked for Homestake Mining Co. for 43 years retiring in 1989 holding the title of Master Machinist. Bill especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being at the cabin in Spearfish Canyon. He enjoyed walking all of their dogs.
After retirement Bill and Jean moved to Sturgis where they loved meeting new friends and volunteering for civic organizations.
Bill is survived by his son, Rodger (Becky) Andrews; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean in 2014; his two brothers, Johnny and Leo; and his two sisters, Phyllis and Gertrude.
Services for Bill and for Jean will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Tuesday November 22, 2016, at 10:00 AM with a reception to follow. Inurnment will be in the family plot at West Lead Cemetery. Father Tom Campbell will be officiating. We will carry their memory with us and miss them always.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

     
   
     

Harold Dale Jones

December 22, 1936 - November 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Harold Dale Jones, 79, Sturgis, died Friday, November 11, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Harold Dale Jones was born at a maternity home in Sturgis, SD, on December 22, 1936, to Darrell C. "Buster" Jones and Luberta Dow Jones. He joined an older brother, Bobby, and later his little sister, Ida Mae, joined the family. His parents ranched near Stoneville, SD. His father was also a musician, and Dale went to his first New Year's Eve dance when he was only a few days old. Dale attended country school at Stoneville, followed by two years at Nisland High School, and graduated from the School of Agriculture in Brookings.
Dale had polio as a young child and survived. He delighted in the fact that, even though his illness left him with one leg a couple inches shorter than the other, he was inducted into the US Army, and spent a long term of duty in Germany. There, he met and married Helga Seidel. With a daughter, Regine Ursula, and a son, Kenneth Dale, both born in Germany, they returned to the States, and their son, Troy Dean, was born several years later.
Dale built his own home, and he and Helga operated Helga's Home, a supervised living care facility. Dale was a five-state area coordinator for Youth for Understanding and later for International Cultural Exchange, bringing students from countries all over the world and placing them with families for a high school year. German student, Christine (Hoffer) Hamer, became one of the family, and thereafter came back to visit many times, the last time in October of this year. Patricia Rangel Pestana (Brazil), Sigrid Klasmann (Germany), and Shalimar Ramos Mujica (Venezuela) were also welcomed as temporary daughters.
Dale liked to tell that he began working at the age of fourteen as a sheepherder. He also worked for his uncle, Ray, at Dow Sanitation. After his return from Germany, he worked as a millwright in constructing Titan missile sites and for a time, he sold tractors and farm equipment out of Belle Fourche, and for Don's Implement in Sturgis. He operated a shoe and saddle repair shop in Sturgis, and then went on to develop his furnace and heating equipment business, Hometown Energy. He also liked to refer to himself as a chimney-sweep. He attended Black Hills State College, SD School of Mines and Technology, and the Rapid City School of Nursing. In the late 1970's, he discovered his true passion by training and becoming a nationally certified clinical hypnotherapist, and thereafter maintained a practice in Sturgis for the rest of his life. He also founded the Hypnotism Training Institute, and trained many students as therapists. For many years in the 1980's, he presented programs at the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship Retreats at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.
Dale was a natural-born entertainer and comic. For many summers, he performed three times a week as one of the Jesus' disciples in the Black Hills Passion Play in Spearfish. He produced his stage shows over the years as a hypnotist in the local area and in several surrounding states and did private shows for family and business Christmas parties. He loved performing "The Night Before" Christmas" in costume at nursing homes and parties. In 1994, Dale bought his first wooden flute, and before long he designed, carved, and sold his own instruments. His flute went with him everywhere he went, fascinating children and adults alike, and his music comforted many a fussy baby. He visited patients in area hospitals and nursing homes and played for them and was asked to play at many weddings and funerals, including graveside rites at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Dale met Deanna Clark in 1986, and they joined their lives together for nearly thirty years. As part of their journey, they began a life-long study in the Concept Therapy educational program, attended classes here in South Dakota, and traveled many times for higher level training at the CT Institute in Boerne, TX, completing every course available. For about twenty years, beginning in 1988, they held weekly classes at their Institute, teaching Concept Therapy, meditation, self-hypnosis, and various other related self-improvement and spiritual growth topics.
In the Sturgis area, Dale served for thirty-five years on the Board of Serenity, Inc., holding various offices up to the time he died. He was a long-time member of the Olive Branch #47 AF & AM Masonic Lodge in Sturgis and was also a member of the Deadwood Scottish Rite.
On June 26, 1992, Dale and Dee were ordained at Bear Butte State Park as ministers in Universal Brotherhood. Through their ministry, the High Plains Spiritual Life Center, they performed countless weddings and other ceremonies. They attended every Spiritual Unity of the World/Gathering of Eagles event in the United States from 1995 through 2016, and help organize those held in the Black Hills area.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Deanna Clark; his daughter, Regine (Joe Mack) and grandson, Brandon Jones; his son, Kenny (Mary Sundet Jones) and grandson, Sam, and his son, Troy, and granddaughters, Codi, Celie, and Baylee; first wife, Helga Rogers (Max); brother, Bobbie Jones (Aggie) and their children; and sister, Ida Mae Rounds (Arlen) and their children; and sister-in-law, Ursula Sharp, and brother-in-law, Carl Wahl, and their children. Among his closest circle of adopted family are John and Judi Palmer of Australia, Katharina and Gerard Berthie-Donnadieu in France, Christine Hamer in Germany, Clay and Mary Ellen Uptain in Colorado, Maxine Maeder in St. Louis, MO, and Ricky Martin of Silver City, NM.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Vivien Wahl Pritchard; former fiancé, Elaine Viles; Dale and Dee's adopted daughter, Theresa Joseph; and spiritual mentors, Grover Horned Antelope and Ralph Reddfox.
It is said that in his later years, Dale found his true calling as a Dumpster-Diver Extraordinaire, and was often spotted riding one of his many scooters on the streets and byways around town in Sturgis. It is certainly true that – while he was always willing to give something away to someone who needed it, he never wanted to give up on anyone or anything, including his friends and loved ones gather here today.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Donna L. Greenwaldt

October 20, 1929 - November 7, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, November 11, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Donna was born October 20, 1929, in Sturgis, SD, to Theadore and Sarah (Rogers) Barden. She grew up and attended school in Sturgis. Donna married Victor "Vic" Greenwaldt in Sturgis on August 25, 1948. They lived on a farm near Nisland for a few years and later moved back to Sturgis. Donna worked as a bookkeeper with her husband at the service station he owned.
Donna was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the ELCW. She was a former member of the Extension Club, Zonta, Lions, and the Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed crafts and making puppets.
Donna L. Greenwaldt, 87, Sturgis, died Monday, November 7, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
She is survived by her son, Randy (Gail) Greenwaldt, Black Hawk, SD; daughter, Sandy (Walt) Gardner, Raymond, WA; three brothers, Elmer Barden, Spearfish, SD, Francis "Pat" Barden, Belle Fourche, SD, and Roger Barden, Aurora, CO; one sister, Dianna Loup, Whitewood, SD; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vic; and three brothers, Robert, Earl, and Frank Barden.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 11, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Willard Olsen officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Berry Unit at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.

 

     
   
     

Linda Marie Holter

March 2, 1950 - November 5, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2016

 

Linda was born March 2, 1950, at Deadwood, SD, to Earl and Eileen (DeLange) Swanson. Linda graduated from Buffalo High School May 22, 1970. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Sturgis Hospital. She then went on to work at SCI as a computer builder for many years until her health made her retire.
Linda and Aldon Holter were married October 31, 2001, in Sturgis, SD. Aldon passed away June 20, 2011.
Linda Marie Holter, 66, Rapid City, died Saturday, November 5, 2016, at David M. Dorsett Healthcare.
Linda is survived by her brother, Russell (Linda) Swanson; sister, Sharon (Wayne) Vollmer; sister-in-law, Jeannie (Jerry) Talkington; nephews, Jeremy (Trisha) Vollmer and Jamie (Karma)Vollmer; nieces, Josie Vollmer, Heather Painter, and Christina (Robert) Lutzick and their families; and aunts, Natalie DeLange, Marcella DeLange and Margaret "Micky" (George) Gibroch.
Linda was preceded in death by her husband; son, Harold, Jr.; her parents; and brother, Sam Swanson.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Nick Haasch officiating.
A memorial has been established to Rapid City Regional Dialysis Unit.

 

     
   
     

Melinda Grace Thompson

December 28, 1960 - November 3, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Melinda Grace Thompson rose to join our Lord on Thursday, November 3, 2016, and she is flying peacefully among her fellow Angels. Melinda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and enjoyed remission from the disease for almost 2 years before it returned and she eventually lost her battle with it.
Melinda had a strong love for all life, her home in the Black Hills, the Texas Coast, and Hawaii. She started life as the daughter of a doctor and an amazingly caring mother. Melinda shared their passion for love and curing of others. Melinda would often boast that her daddy is a doctor and, 'you better listen to me.' She touched many lives because she sought knowledge about health and nutrition and eagerly shared it with others; even strangers.
Melinda had so many gifts and so many talents that she touched the lives of almost every person she met. She was a bright star and followed her own ideas. She was very outgoing. She really knew how to get to know people and had many great loving friends. She was also a strong believer in prayer and had many Christian, Lakota, and Navajo prayer partners.
Melinda graduated high school in Electra, Texas, and met her husband, Scott, briefly while she attended Midwestern State University. They were reintroduced 14 years later by a friend who worked for Scott's research company as a graduate student. Scott and Melinda immediately began a fairy-tale romance novel life together that continued through her last breath. Both operated home based businesses and traveled the country frequently to meet customers. Owing to the nature of their work, they were together 24 hours a day. Scott and Melinda were literally inseparable and they never lost that "crazy about each other" love that many couples only feel during the early stages of courtship.
She enjoyed the great love of her nieces and nephews and is further survived by her husband, Scott; mother & father, Shirley & Ron; and her sisters, Deanna, Donna, and Heather. There will never be another beaming light like Melinda and she will be deeply missed. She loved every bit of God's creations and her beautiful spirit is looking down upon all that was dear to her during her time on earth. God Bless you my love.
Memorial Services will be Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Rapid City.
An Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Jack Duane Delaney

November 5, 1945 - October 24, 2016

 

Service to be held:

3:00 p.m. November 5, 2016

 

He was born November 5, 1945, in Sturgis, SD. Jack graduated from Jefferson High School in 1963. He spotted the love of his life at the roller skating rink in 1964. He bet his brother that he would marry her and within a year he was married to Faye Marie Cooper on February 16, 1965. They were blessed with over 51 years of marriage.
Jack made a living as a welder and as a commercial plumber. Jack was proud to be a member of the Local Plumbers and Pipefitters Union 192.
An outdoorsman at heart, Jack loved to fish and hunt. Participating in fishing tournaments, camping with friends, or hunting with his family brought him great enjoyment. He also enjoyed playing pool with his buddies on a league and would play a game of bean bags any chance he would get. Jack expressed how blessed he felt in his last years of life to have found such a great community of friends in Hermosa.
Jack will always be known for being a kind soul that would always put a smile on your face. He always had a joke, or a trick that he would share with anyone to make them smile. Jack loved to bake, and loved taking treats to his friends to watch their enjoyment.
Jack was so giving and always willing to help any friend or anyone in need. He was always just a phone call away if a friend needed something done. His belief was that’s just what friends do. His love for giving always shined through his spirit at Christmas. Jack begged to let the children open presents from the time he walked in the door because he loved to watch the joy on their faces.
Jack Duane Delaney, 70, Rapid City, passed away October 24, 2016, after a short battle with lung cancer. Jack passed away surrounded by his family in his home.
He is survived by his wife, Faye Marie Delaney, Hermosa, SD; one son, Jay Dee Delaney (Amy); two daughters, Kimberly Marie Hall (Daniel) and Michelle Joyce Sieveke (Shane), all of Rapid City, SD; one brother, Douglas Delaney (Donna) of Fountain Valley, CA; three sisters, Joyce Beckelman (Bill) of Red Bluff, CA, Jane Peterson of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Debra Gomez (Jerry) of Pomona, CA; ten grandchildren, Toshiema Hall, Jeremy Delaney, Kayla Hall, Dustin Hall, Joseph Delaney, Shelby Sieveke, Cassidy Sieveke, Dalton Hall, Ciara Sieveke, and Zaynah Delaney; and one great-grandson, Jeresen Delaney all of Rapid City, SD.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Daisy Poage; three brothers, Verlin, Kenneth, and Robert; and two sisters, Elsie Barksdale and Faye Kiel.
Jack’s last request was to not have funeral services but to have a day of celebration. He did not want to have sadness, but a day to laugh, party, and celebrate. Please join us to celebrate Jack's life, on his birthday, November 5, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at Trails West in Hermosa, SD. Bring a smile, a story, or a joke, and help us celebrate this amazing man’s life.

 

     
   
     

Ada Marie Shanholtzer

November 1, 1938 - October 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Ada Marie Shanholtzer was born November 1, 1938, at Onida, SD. Ada worked for the government for many years, rising to the upper ranks in government service. She made many life-long friends along the way.
Ada was an avid gardener and bird watcher. She was known for her beautiful and meticulous gardens and home. She will be fondly remembered by her family for making her famous German chocolate cake and brownies, along with her delicious pies at the holidays.
Ada will always be remembered as a strong woman who made her choices and stood by them. Her family was her greatest source of pride and they will miss her.
Ada passed away October 23, 2016, surrounded by her children.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses: daughter, Linda and Patrick of Mystic, CT, and their children, Michael, Devin, and Courtney and families; son, George and Carol and their daughter, Katie and family; and son, Shawn and Terri and their children, Charlie, Heather, and Tristan and families. Ada is also survived by her mother, Laura Hackworth of Sturgis; and eight sisters.
She was preceded in death by sister, Kay Smith.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
A private family inurnment will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Deborah Jean Shumaker

December 30, 1954 - October 7, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016

 

Deb began her life in North Platte, NE, on December 30, 1954, born to Ruth and George Hays. She was the oldest of four children who all attended and graduated from Douglas High School in Box Elder, SD. Deb lived in many places across the plains, Denver, CO; Gillette, WY; Spearfish, SD, and Faith, SD, before settling into her dream home on the corner of Douglas and Pine in Sturgis, SD. She worked diligently to decorate the home in her own mix of Victorian beauty and Country charm, with a dash of her favorite color, Burgundy.
Much like her favorite animal, Deb was a very busy rabbit. She was a dedicated bookkeeper who strived to ensure her clients were some of her closest friends. Her work was incredibly important to her and she enjoyed that it kept her jumping. Deb enjoyed many hobbies throughout her life including photography, crafting, floral arranging, sewing, home decorating and, nearest to her heart, motorcycle riding. Deb was a warm and caring person who opened her heart and her home freely, creating a very large extended family. She will be deeply missed by all.
Deb worked as a bookkeeper for many companies, including Rapid City Journal, Landstrom’s Jewelry, and De Mersseman, Jensen, Tellinghuisen & Huffman.
Deborah “Deb” Jean Shumaker, a dedicated bookkeeper, died suddenly on October 7, 2016, while on vacation at the age of 61.
Deb is survived by her sister, Georgina Estes; brother, George Bradley Hays; sister-in-law, Georgia Brooks; niece, Crystal Boschet; niece, Shannon Allen; and niece, Jessica Brooks.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Hays and Ruth Braden; as well as her sister, Lorena Allen.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14th at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
The funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating.

 

     
   
     

DeLayne "Red" Kinney

October 5, 1926 - September 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

DeLayne John “Red” Kinney was born October 5, 1926 in Faith, SD to John B. and Grace Marie (Boehrs) Kinney. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1944. After serving in the Army in WWII and Korea he returned to Sturgis where he met and married Lucille M. Wolf on April 16, 1955. Red worked for a short time for Peter Kiewit & Sons and then became a civil service employee. He worked on the installation of the Minuteman missiles while assigned to Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD, Whiteman AFB in Knob Noster, MO, and Minot AFB in Minot, ND. During those years he also had the opportunity to work on the Appollo Lunar Landing Module. He then worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist at the Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Il. and Camp Walker in Daegu, South Korea. He was proud to have contributed to the manufacture of the US Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He retired from Civil Service in 1984.
After Lucille’s death in 1990, Red was reacquainted with his high school sweetheart Shirley Raaen whom he married on October 14, 1993. He and Shirley moved from Aurora, Colorado to Sturgis in 1995. He enjoyed playing golf at the Boulder Canyon Country Club and he and Shirley loved to take car trips and sing duets. Golf and football (especially the Broncos!) were favorites on the tv and he took pleasure in feeding the birds and squirrels in the backyard and playing with his cats. If you came to visit he was sure to offer you a funny story, a cup of coffee and a donut hole but not the whole donut. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge.
Red 89, died Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Spearfish, SD.
Red is survived by his wife Shirley, son, James, Columbia, MO; daughter Kathy, Hayward, CA; step-daughters, Sandy (Ken) Meintzer, Windsor, CO, Jan (Fred) Frei and Susan (Evan) Vergin, New Castle, CO. and step-son Bill Lueth, Brighton, CO. He is also survived by his sisters, Sharon (Paul) Kilzer, Newton, IA, Coral Kinney Smith and brothers, Bill (Moria) and Don (Peggy) Kinney, all from Sturgis. He was preceded in death by his brothers Jim, Jack and Rob Kinney.
Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to the American Kidney Foundation.

 

     
   
     

Dennis H. Hinesley

January 29, 1962 - September 22, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dennis was born January 29, 1962, in Sturgis, SD. He was the youngest son of Florence (Olson) Moreland. Dennis graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1980. He attended Vo Tech in Rapid City for auto body and graduated in 1981.
Dennis owned Hinesley Body Shop in Sturgis in the early 1980’s. He worked at the Nite Owl Bar from 1979 until 2007. He also worked for Jacobsen Ford from 2008 until 2013.
He married his loving wife, Shaun, in Las Vegas on June 5, 2010. He loved camping and fishing with his wife, Shaun, and his dog, Demon, along with friends. He also enjoyed Nascar, Football, and playing pool. He was also a lifetime member of the Black Hills 4 Wheelers.
Dennis H. Hinesley, 54, Sturgis, died Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital with his family and friends by his side.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Shaun, Sturgis; sister, Lorna (Allen) Duprel, Sturgis; brothers, Gary Hinesley, Cheyenne, WY, and Ted (Gail) Hinesley, Bismarck, ND; mother, Florence (Lorren) Moreland, Red Owl, SD; daughters, Jeri Jo, Stephnie (Todd) Connoley, and Vanessa Stettson, Gillette, WY; stepdaughter, Summer (Jake) Carter, Imperial Beach, CA; ten grandchildren, Tyler, Zoey, McKenzie, Alley, Jordan, Demi Jo, Colt, Amelia, Elizabeth, and Anthony; his mother-in-law, Judy Tighe, and brother-in-law, Brad (Anita) Olson, all of Sturgis; and several nieces and nephews along with lots of lifetime friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Hinesley.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, SD, with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Dick" Fort

July 6, 1922 - September 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Black Hills artist and environmentalist Dick Fort, 94, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center near Sturgis, with family and friends at his bedside.
Dick was a prolific painter and composer, but he was best known as a leader of two decades-long projects. He and fellow cross-country skiers worked with the U.S. Forest Service to create the Eagle Cliff Cross Country Ski Area in the Northern Hills. Dick also was a founding member of ACTion for the Environment, formed to protect the Black Hills from damage threatened by open-pit gold mining.
Richard Lindsey Fort was born July 6, 1922, in Mitchell, the son of Lyman and Mildred Fort. His father was principal of the local high school and his mother taught grade school and was a composer. She taught Dick piano. As a boy, Dick also painted and drew cartoons, and he taught himself to sculpt roadside alabaster. In summers the family camped in the Black Hills. Eventually his parents bought a cabin in Spearfish Canyon, where Dick hiked, climbed and fished for trout.
The Fort family later moved to Sioux Falls. Dick graduated from Washington High School in 1940. Later he attended Grinnell College in Iowa, majoring in English and German.
In 1943, Dick was called up from the Army reserves. He trained in Ohio with a special German-language unit and in London as a cryptanalyst. After D-Day, Dick served with combat units in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, intercepting and decoding German radio messages. He earned battle stars for pinpointing enemy positions — some of them during the Battle of the Bulge — and he was honorably discharged at Christmas in 1945.
After the war, Dick returned to Grinnell College to finish his degree, and he earned a second degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, supported in part by the GI Bill.
In 1956, Dick began a 28-year teaching career at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. During a 1960's sabbatical, Dick returned to Europe to visit galleries, museums, cathedrals and other architectural landmarks. He drew on those experiences for his own art and for the courses he taught. In Chicago, Dick often took his sketchbook to the jazz joints of Rush Street. He also drew inspiration from artists ranging from 17th century Baroque painters to 20th century abstract expressionists.
Most summers during his teaching career, Dick returned to the family cabin on Spearfish Creek to paint, compose, hike and fish. He also organized popular Sunday volleyball games in Spearfish Canyon, and his reputation as a maker of chokecherry and dandelion wine grew with each vintage.
In 1984, after he retired from Wright College, Dick moved permanently to the Black Hills to the small community of Englewood, not far from Spearfish Canyon. There, inspired by Buckminster Fuller, Dick built a home of connected geodesic domes, which became a weekend headquarters for his large, eclectic group of friends. Dick organized cross-country ski expeditions in winter and hikes in summer. In his 70's, he took up mountain biking. When gold prices shot up in the early 1980's, sparking a new gold rush in the Black Hills, Dick was among the first to see the risk. And he took action, recruiting and organizing environmentalists and testifying before regulatory agencies, the state Legislature and in court.
Dick also created space in his home for a small music studio equipped with 1970's consumer electronics and two keyboards. There he composed 24 Black Hills-themed symphonies, each in a different key. Those works remain mostly unheard, but a 2014 documentary about Dick’s life, “Fort: a Spearfish Canyon Rhapsody,” used some of them as a score. A 2014 coffee-table book also preserves some of Dick’s art. The impact of his life, however, reaches further. Black Hills journalist Kevin Woster summed it up: “If the human spirit can live on in a landscape, Dick Fort’s will surely live on in Spearfish Canyon.”
Survivors include Dick’s nephew, Michael Fort, and Michael’s wife, Yvonne, and their children, Jason and Melissa Fort; and Dick’s niece, Sandra Larson, and her husband, Mark, and their children, Chad Larson and Carrie Morris.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Donald and Gerald Fort.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. A Celebration of Dick’s life will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Spearfish Canyon Lodge near Lead.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Dakota Rural Action.

 

     
   
     

Betty JoAnn Goldade

January 18, 1937 - September 17, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Betty was born to James and Mary Aubuchon on Jan. 18, 1937, in St. Louis, MO. She married Benny Goldade on Nov. 17, 1955, and to this union came 5 children; Rose, Cindy, Benny, Sandy, and Scott.
Betty JoAnn Goldade died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital in hospice
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Benny Goldade of Sturgis; daughters, Rose (Frank) Dupris, and Cindy Johnson (Dennis Meyers) of Rapid City, SD; son, Scott Goldade of Sisseton, SD. She has 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two children, Benny, Jr. and Sandy Van Kley.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Open Bible Church in Sturgis with Pastor Michael Smith officiating.

 

     
   
     

Wayne A. Freeland

October 17, 1929 - September 18, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Wayne A. Freeland, 86, Lead, died Sunday, September 18, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Methodist Church in Lead with Pastor Mark Phillips officiating. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Wayne was born October 17, 1929, in Palmer, NE, to Frank and Jessie (Swaim) Freeland. He grew up in Palmer and graduated from Palmer High School in 1948. He studied taxidermy for a time. Wayne served in the US Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged.
Wayne moved to Lead in the mid 1950's. He worked for Homestake Gold Mine for several years.
Wayne married Dorthy (Tryon) Dachtler in 1959. They continued to live in Lead.
He was a mail carrier in Lead until his retirement from the post office. Wayne then ran a trolley in Deadwood and later worked as security at Wharf Mining Company.
Wayne was active in the local Boy Scout and Cub Scout program in Lead for many years. He loved wood working and excelled at cabinet making. He was a long-time member of the Trinity Methodist Church and also enjoyed going to the chapel at Rochford, SD, in good weather. Wayne loved to hunt deer and spent many nights fishing off his boat at Deerfield Lake with this family. He also enjoyed raising his "bunnies" and showing them to the grandkids.
He is survived by his brothers, Ernest Freeland, Council Bluffs, IA, and Don Freeland, Hampton, NE; five sons, Dave Freeland, Spearfish, Philip "Doc" Dachtler, Sturgis, Larry Dachtler, Bruno, AR, Howard Dachtler, Madison, SD, and Wayne (Barb) Dachtler, Arvada, CO; grandchildren, Brian Dachtler and Eric Dachtler, both of Littleton, CO, Lisa Dachtler, Sturgis, Linda Dachtler, Rapid City, Perry Dachtler, Irene, SD, Tabitha Dachtler, Ft. Lewis, WA, Gregory Dachtler, Old Ham, SD, Heather Dachtler, Madison, SD, and Larry Carl and Connie Dachtler, Camby, IN; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Jessie; his wife, Dorthy; and one sister, Dorothy Witton.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Gertrude Mary Christianson

April 20, 1922 - September 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

 

Gertrude was born April 20, 1922, in Colome, SD, the daughter of Irwin L. Adams and Ethel L. (Griswold) Adams. Gertrude spent her childhood in Colome and graduated from Colome High School in May of 1940. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the school of nursing at St. Joseph Hospital in Clinton, IA. She began her career as a registered nurse in December of 1944 by enlisting in the Naval Reserve Nurse Corps.
On November 23, 1950, Gertrude married William E. Christianson in Minneapolis, MN, and shortly after received orders to report for duty aboard the USNS SGT Charles E. Mower as a Junior Ship's Nurse, Military Department. She also served aboard the USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey during her naval career. Her military career allowed her to care for the wounded during WW II and the Korean War. Gertrude was honorably discharged from the Armed forces in June of 1955.
After the birth of her children, Gertrude accepted a nursing position at the Fort Meade Veterans Hospital near Sturgis. She retired in June of 1970.
Gertrude "Trudy" Mary Christianson, aged 94, passed away in the early morning hour Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her five children, Ann (Marlon) Healey, Rapid City, SD, William (Jolie) Christianson, Hot Springs, SD, David Christianson, Rapid City, SD, Laura (Wes) Fleischhacker, Rapid City, SD, and Diane Christianson, Shakopee, MN. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William E. Christianson, and her grandson, Luke Christianson.
There will be a private graveside service for immediate family at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

     
   
     

Rodney Allen Ahner

April 12, 1966 - August 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Rodney "Rod" Allen Ahner, 50, Rapid City, went to our heavenly father after suffering a massive heart attack, Saturday, August 27, 2016, in Rapid City.
He loved his family more than anything and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. Rod loved working in his garage, woodworking, working on cars, his house, camping, boating, and fishing.
He served in the USAF from 1984 until 1994, and then worked for Perdue Woodworks until his death. Rod will be sorely missed by all, especially his wife and family.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Jennifer Ahner, Rapid City; daughters, Shaina (Orin) Voges, Tylar (Sam) Riedel, Morgan Ahner, and Kim Ahner, all of Rapid City, and Kayla Ahner of Lehighton, PA; his parents, Melvin and Jane Ahner, Lehighton, PA; two brothers, Keith and Dennis Ahner, Palmerton, PA; and his SD family, Bill and Mavis Jeffery, Shell and Chad Tomjack, and Pam and Matt Fisher, all of Rapid City; 5 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Nolan Ahner.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 2, 2016, at the Valley Community Church in Rapid City. Inurnment will be at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City at a later date.
A memorial has been established to help with expenses and his young daughters.

 

     
   
     

Michael "Mike" Joseph Deutsch

May 17, 1945 - August 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Michael Joseph Deutsch was born on May 17, 1945, in Veblen, South Dakota to Joe M. and Edythe Deutsch where he was raised on the family farm by Buffalo Lake near Eden, South Dakota. Mike was the second born of four children including one older sister Carol and two younger sisters, Susie and Lynda. He attended high school in Webster and Roslyn, South Dakota, after which he joined the National Guard. Mike went on to live in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he met Judy (Salmon), and his wife of 50 years. Mike and Judy married in 1966 and were later blessed with three sons Todd, Brad, and Ryan. They moved their family from Little Canada, Minnesota to Westminster, Colorado in 1978 and then settled in Sturgis in 1983. In 1995, their only grandchild Jordan was born and she recently gave birth to her daughter Karter on June 21, 2016.
Mike always had an incredible work ethic and was a successful self-made business man. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and also make sure his customers were satisfied. He was a fire protection sprinkler fitter for about 15 years and then started Cimarron Drilling in the early 1980s. Initially, Mike and the company worked in several western states drilling shot holes for seismographic oil exploration. After moving to Sturgis, the company begins drilling and servicing water wells throughout the Black Hills area for over 30 years. Mike later also became involved in real estate ventures and land development.
Mike loved horses and owned them all of his life. He enjoyed going to rodeos, auctions and traveling with his wife. In his earlier years, he liked to hunt with friends and take his family snowmobiling and boating at their cabin on the lake. He refused to drive anything but a Ford and also owned several classic cars. Mike was a great conversationalist and loved meeting new people and running into folks that he already knew.
Mike died peacefully at his home on August 23, 2016.
He is survived by family members; sons Ryan, Brad, and Todd; granddaughter Jordan, and great granddaughter Karter; sisters Lynda (Chuck) Pulliam, Carol Koslowski, as well as his in-laws, and numerous friends, and acquaintances.
He was preceded in death by his wife Judy, Sister Susie Sichmeller, brother-in-law Larry Sichmeller, and his parents Edythe and Joe Deutsch.
Michael will be dearly missed by the many lives he touched. We cherish the many memories of love, caring ways, joy, and laughter he brought to our lives. His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. with an
Inurnment at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Carl Henry Wendt

October 14, 1931 - August 6, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Carl was born October 14, 1931, to William and Ella (Helmer) Wendt in Belle Fourche SD.
Growing up, Carl attended country schools in the Belle Fourche and Spearfish areas. He went to work in Belle Fourche at the Vanco Ford Garage as a mechanic, where he met Pauline (Homan) they were married on August 17, 1956, in Nisland SD. They lived in Belle Fourche then moved to Hot Springs where Carl worked for Silverman Ford. He then later worked with the Dept of Transportation of SD for 30 years, he retired as Foreman in 1991, after Pauline retired from Golden West Telecommunication services in Hot Springs, they traveled from South Dakota to Arizona, and California to avoid the cold winters. They lived in their RV at Hart Ranch, and various campgrounds in the Black Hills and Wyoming near their daughters, and volunteered as Camp Host at Custer State Park, and also at the D.C Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish. They currently reside in Spearfish.
Carl was a member of the Moose Club. He enjoyed making things with wood , wood working and working in the yard.
Carl Henry Wendt, 84, Spearfish, SD, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on August 6, 2016.
Carl is survived by his wife Pauline; two daughters, Cindy (Jim) McDill, Custer, SD, and Connie (Randee) Peterson of Spearfish, SD. They have 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; Dusty (Heather) McDill, Custer, SD; Lynn McDill, Denver, CO; and Rebecca (Tyrel) and Connor, Maizy and Parker Owens of Newcastle, WY; Jared (Jenni) and Emily, Ella and Erik Peterson, and granddaughter Breonn Peterson of Spearfish, SD; brothers; Kenny (Mary) Wendt, Belle Fourche, SD; Jack (Carol) Wendt, Denver, CO; Sister; Gladys (George) Babcock of Post Falls, ID; and many, many nieces and nephews.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ella Wendt, and brothers, Donald, Bill, Chris, Fred, and Jerry, sisters Rosie Frick, Anna Bonato, Margie Jepsen, Ellen Rueb and Jessie Franke and Grandson, Jason Paul McDill of Newcastle WY.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. with Pastor David Baer officiating. Inurnment will be at the Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Spearfish Ambulance Service.

 

     
   
     

Nedra Delores Ingersoll

February 28, 1926 - December 27, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 5, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

 

Nedra was born February 28, 1926, in Sturgis, SD, to Ruth V. Sisk Arney and Milo Arney. Her father was a soldier at the Ft. Meade Calvary Post in Sturgis where Nedra grew up and went to school. She married Earl C. Grimes on January 1, 1943, having three sons, and later married Everett E. Ingersoll on March 15, 1966, having one son.
Nedra left Sturgis and was an active business woman in North Dakota and Iowa before returning to South Dakota in 1988 living in Newell, Sturgis, and Spearfish. She volunteered and worked as a soldier in the Salvation Army.
Nedra Delores “Dory” Arney Grimes Ingersoll, 89, Spearfish, died, Sunday, December 27, 2015, at the David M. Dorsett Heathcare Facility in Spearfish.
Nedra is survived by her three sons, Larry P. Ingersoll, Spearfish, Gary (Diana) Grimes, Ankeny, IA, and Jerry (Kathy) Grimes, Johnstone, IA; one daughter-in-law, Charla Grimes, Woodward, IA; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; three brothers, Milton (Faye) Collins, Newell, Ronald (Wendy) Collins, Whitewood, and Lloyd E. “Gene” (Georgia) Collins, Spearfish; and one sister, Patricia (Jerry) Austin, White Owl, and their families.
She was preceded in death by both husbands; her son, Larry L. Grimes; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.
A Graveside service will be held 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to Northern Hills Salvation Army or the David M. Dorsett Healthcare.

 

     
   
     

Roxanne Rae Anderson

May 23, 1958 - August 1, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 pm Monday Aug. 22, 2016

 

Roxie was born May, 23rd, 1958 in Deadwood to Geneva and Richard Anderson. She grew up in Lead, SD and attended schools in Lead until her family moved in 1973 to Whitewood, SD. She finished her education at Sturgis High school and graduated in 1976. Upon completing high school she joined the United States Army and served from September 1977 to September of 1980 when she was honorably discharged. Roxie moved back to Rapid City and worked for United Mileage Plus, United Blood Services and currently as a CNP at Fort Meade Veterans Hospital in the Hospice Care Unit. Roxie loved working with the elderly veterans giving them special care and loved listening to their many service stories and about their lives. Roxie had a very tender heart when it came to the elderly. Roxie enjoyed spending time in the outdoors hiking, taking photos and scrapbooking. Roxie had a special place in her heart for her numerous nieces and nephews. She was always known as the fun and playful aunt and enjoyed spending time with them. She will be in our hearts forever and missed dearly.
Roxanne Rae Anderson passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 1st, 2016 at her home in Rapid City, SD.
Roxie is survived by her four sisters and one brother, Barb and Ken Grosch Sturgis, SD - Deb and Emmett Boomgaarden , St. Onge, SD – Robyn Orr, Newell, SD – Connie and Dean Weis, Whitewood, SD and Steve and Stella Anderson, Gillette, Wyoming as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Roxie was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Anderson, Geneva and Alfred Klein and an infant brother.
Her family is honoring her request for no service but a visitation will be 5:00 until 7 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Homestake Opera House in Lead.

 

     
   
     

Frederick "Fritz" Fonck

May 14, 1923 - July 28, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Fritz was born May 14, 1923, at Sturgis to Joseph and Bertha "Collins" Fonck. He grew up on the family homestead which was 25 miles East of Sturgis and 6 miles South of Volunteer, SD. He attended grade school at Wolf School District #24, South of Volunteer. He left home at the age of 12 years with the influence of the great depression and the dirty 30's, in search of work. He had many jobs for 60 cents per week with room and board and some jobs at 50 cents per day. He worked his way through high school with various jobs around the area. After completing high school he entered the US Navy.
Upon the end of his hitch and World War II, he returned with an honorable discharge to Sturgis where he married Betty Lou Simmons of Piedmont, SD. To this union of 25 years, three sons were born.
Fritz worked at different jobs around the area including Chase's Department Store, US Post Office, Ft. Meade VA Hospital, and all four sale barns in the area for 32 years. He also worked for several registered cattle outfits as herdsman. He worked for the State of South Dakota at the McNenny Fish Hatchery for 19 and a half years before his retirement due to a serious heart overhaul.
He still kept a job on a ranch near Union Center, SD. Fritz raised and broke horses and mules all through his life. He was a wagon master for the Black Hills National Cemetery Centennial Wagon Train into Deadwood's Days of '76 for 32 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion and the riding clubs of the area on his mules.
Fredrick Joseph "Fritz" Fonck, 93, Union Center, SD, died Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade.
Survivors include his son Thomas (Ginger) Fonck, West Virginia; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two great - great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Officiants Pastor Harold Delbridge and Pastor Denzel Nonhof. Burial with military honors follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery near Sturgis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, two brothers, five sisters, one granddaughter and a very precious friend, Yvonne Ferguson.

 

     
   
     

Harold John Wetz

December 13, 1922 - July 26, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Harold John Wetz was born on December 13, 1922, in Sturgis, SD, at the home of his maternal grandparents, to Gerald Wetz and Amelia Schaff Wetz. He grew up on the family ranch east of Vale, SD, along the Belle Fourche River. He attended school at the Wetz School through the eighth grade and then ranched with his father until his marriage to the school teacher, Sylvia Dobyns, on June 5, 1946. The newlyweds lived on the farm west of Vale where they farmed and Harold and Sylvia raised their growing family.
Harold ran a trucking business for a few years and then he learned to shear sheep and ran a shearing crew for many years. He was well-known for the quality work of his crew, which eventually included four of his sons, who carried on the tradition for several years. His legacy continues as a grandson still shears sheep.
In 1968, Harold and his family moved to Poplar, Montana. He began a new career in Montana with the Farmers Union Grain Elevators and worked at elevators in Poplar, Sprole, Circle, and Glasgow from where he retired in 1985.
After Sylvia retired from teaching school in Montana, they spent 19 winters in Arizona, because Dad hated the cold weather.
Harold was active in the Nashua senior citizens and was selected as the outstanding senior citizen for Valley County in 1987. He was also active in the Nashua Lions club for 25 years.
Harold loved to hunt and fish and spent many hours on Fort Peck Lake where he continued the quest for the large walleye. One of his proudest moments of hunting was when he was 90 years old and hunted with 4 generations of his family.
In 2006, Harold and Sylvia moved to Spearfish, SD, where they have resided since, first at the Redwood Apartments, the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living, and then Dad moved to the Dorsett Home, where he died on July 26, 2016, at the age of 93years, seven months and 13 days.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sylvia, of Spearfish. He is also survived by seven children: Norman (Gloria Jean) of Glendale, AZ, Kenneth (Donna) of Newell, SD, Beth Kelley (Bill) of Simms, MT, Roger (Carol) of Billings, MT, Linda Dutton (Phillip) of Pauls Valley, OK, Paul (Vicky) of Glasgow, MT, and April Baker (Roy) of Vaughn, MT. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is sister, Helen Seitz of Washington; and brothers, Jim of Colorado and Darrell of Montana.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Julia, Dorothy, and Geraldine; and brother, Gerald, Jr., and grandson, Doug Kelley.
Visitation will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Friday, July 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Spearfish. Burial will be at the Vale Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31st.
A memorial has been established for the preservation of the Wetz School.

 

     
   
     

Noreen Jennie Richards

March 12, 1934 - July 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, July 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Noreen was born March 12, 1934, to Victor and Jennie (Hentila) Kosola on the farm at Horse Creek attended by a midwife. She weighed 3 pounds and for the first few weeks of life was kept in a shoebox by the stove. Noreen joined siblings, Ione, Howard, Hazel, Harold, and Marvin.
She attended grade school at the Winkler School until the 8th grade and then she graduated Newell High School in 1952.
Upon graduation Noreen married local rancher Dale Richards on June 15, 1952, and began ranch life northeast of Newell on Willow Creek. To this union were born sons, Monte and Rick, and daughter, Rhonda.
Through the years, Noreen held a variety of interests including bowling, watching the Denver Bronco football team, car racing, and bird watching.
Music had a tremendous role in her life. She played the accordion and often took part in jam sessions – traveling long distances and through storms to get there. She sang all the time and the radio was always on. Sunday morning the gospel songs were playing and she was an avid listener of the Grand Ole Opry.
Later in life, she would fulfill a lifelong dream of going to Nashville, TN, several times, along with Branson, MO.
Gardening was also an interest and she spent time canning and helping her son, Monte, with his garden at Vale.
Noreen was noted for her cooking skills and family gatherings were very important to her with lots of food to go around. Angel food cake, baked beans, and fried chicken were among her specialties. Several cowboys came to the Richards branding just for her dinner.
She was an immaculate housekeeper and a tidy house she did keep. She prided herself on a clean house and had two seasons in which she kept – spring and fall housekeeping – which actually seemed to be year around to many.
Her Finnish heritage was important to her and she kept in touch with extended family in Finland. Holidays were highlights for her. She enjoyed her family around her and made efforts to establish special memories, instituting Easter egg dying and Christmas parties for the grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren.
Her life with Dale on the ranch was always busy. They never took a trip that didn’t involve horses and she was interested in the cattle herd until late in life. Spring on Willow Creek, where she could see the foals and calves, was among her favorite times of year and she enjoyed checking the livestock with son, Rick.
Noreen Jennie (Kosola) Richards, 82, of rural Newell, SD, passed away July 13, 2016.
She is survived by sons, Monte, Vale, and Rick (Deb), Newell; and daughter, Rhonda (Randy) Vallery, Nisland; grandchildren, LaRae (Chad) Hanson, Lonnie Richards, and Codi (Brian) Mills; great-grandchildren, Aspen and Hunter Hanson, Justin, Daycie, and Brodie Richards, and Kimber Mills; sister-in-law, June Kosola; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Noreen was preceded in death by parents, Victor and Jennie; in-laws, Burnie and Thelma Richards; husband, Dale; siblings, Ione, Howard, Hazel, Harold, and Marvin; infant twin brothers; and two infant sisters.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Newell with Pastor Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will follow at the Richards Ranch Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Make A Wish Foundation.

 

     
   
     

Joyce Josephine Medley

March 19, 1933 - July 4, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday July 8, 2016

 

Joyce Josephine (Goetzelmann) Medley was born in Chicago, IL, on March 19, 1933. After graduating from high school, she married George Medley and they embarked on a life in the US Air Force. Their last posting was to Ellsworth AFB, where she and George fell in love with the Black Hills. They decided Rapid City would be the ideal place to raise their large brood of children.
Home and hearth were very important to Joyce, and she dedicated her life to raising her eight kids to be good people. She had a terrific sense of humor, and suppertime around the large kitchen table was always filled with laughter, and unfortunately, sometimes spinach. Her mother had taught her how to play penny-ante poker, and she made sure this knowledge was passed on to her kids. Her favorite pastime, however--and the one she excelled at the most--was worrying about her children, even after they had grown and left the nest. Her greatest reward for raising 8 children were all the grandchildren who were absolutely the most special part of her life, and always brightened her day.
Joyce, 83, of Sturgis, SD, died at the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital on July 4, 2016. In her final moments, she was surrounded by family when God called her home.
Joyce is survived by children, Michael (Gina), Terry (Song Mi), Gayle (Tom Ogle), Kathy (Andy) Simonson, Patrick (Lori Snellgrove), James (Lisa Glenn), Susan (Brian Mettler), and Diana (Jack) Henris; twelve grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Joyce was predeceased by George, her husband of 62 years.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the people of Sturgis Regional Hospital-most especially the Massa-Berry Nursing Home and Hospital staffs. Their care, kindness, and compassion has been a blessing during this difficult time.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Thursday, July 7. A rosary will be said Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian burial for Joyce will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Sturgis at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016, with Father Timothy Castor officiating. She will be laid to rest at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

 

     
   
     

Adel Marie Koss

August 19, 1922 - June 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Marie was born August 19, 1922, in Valentine, NE, to Barney and Adeline DeNaeyer. She attended school in Valentine, NE.
Marie worked as a waitress before her marriage to Ralph Duane Koss. After she married, she was self-employed as an Avon representative for many years. She was a member of St John’s Episcopal Church in Valentine and served as a Sunday School teacher and Altar Guild member. After moving to South Dakota, she was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sturgis, SD.
Adel Marie (DeNaeyer) Koss passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Golden Living Center in Rapid City, SD.
Marie is survived by her son, Leslie (Cora) Koss, Rapid City; granddaughters, Lisa Kautz, Rapid City, and Stephanie Nelson, Forrest Lake, MN; four great-grandchildren, Sara and Tyler Kautz, and Ashley and Austin Nelson.
She was preceded in death by her husband Duane; sister, Dorothy; brother, Doug; and her grandson, Larry.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sturgis with viewing one hour prior to the services and with Father Tom Campbell and Father Bunker Hill officiating. Burial will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Daniel Harold Hehn

August 9, 1956 - June 21, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Services Sunday, June 26, 2016

 

Daniel Harold Hehn was born on August 9, 1956, Deadwood, SD with Cerebral Palsy. He was baptized into Christ immediately. He began a life-long battle to overcome the effects of his disability. He passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the age of 59 at his home in Sturgis, SD of natural causes.
Danny graduated from Spearfish High School and worked for the Homestake Mine in Lead, SD. He was given full disability when he was diagnosed with narcolepsy in addition to his CP. He lived his final years in Sturgis, SD. Danny was very loyal to his friends and deeply loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Charlotte (Backhaus) Hehn, his sister, Patricia, and his nephew, Adam. He is survived by his sister Diane (Bruce) Alkire, six nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held at the Sturgis City Park on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

 

     
   
     

Dwane Delmer Lewis

September 13, 1933 - June 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Dwane was born September 13, 1933, in Sioux Falls, SD, the eldest son of Carl and Lillian (Miller) Lewis. In his early years, he worked with his father-in-law, James Adams, in the family excavating business. But his life-long career was water well drilling. He worked for many drilling companies over his career and owned his own company until his retirement. He was well-respected in his field and continued consulting until his death. He loved the geology of South Dakota and was an expert on the formations of the Black Hills.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. His interests included fishing, boating, hunting, reading, poker, the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Twins, and building model ships, airplanes, and cars. In retirement, he enjoyed building outdoor furniture and wishing wells.
But, what he treasured most in life was his wife of 63 years, Justine. He met Gussie at the age of 15 while ice-skating at Drake Springs in Sioux Falls. They were married three years later on August 28, 1952. He was blessed with ten children, 28 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. The couple enjoyed puzzles, playing cards, and the companionship of family and life-long friends. Dwane had a caring soul and believed there was always room for one more. Many of his nieces, nephews, and children’s friends considered him a second dad.
Dwane Delmer Lewis, 82, died peacefully at his Sturgis home on Thursday, June 23, 2016.
Dwane is survived by his wife, Justine (Adams) Lewis; his ten children, Dwane (Denise) Lewis, Cathy (Dana) Shay, Mark Lewis, James (Joan) Lewis, David Lewis, Edward (Colleen) Lewis, Mary (Mike) Jensen, Carol Hamilton, Robert (Melissa) Lewis, and Julie (Greg) Bernal; his 28 grandchildren, Rebecca (Scott) Winn, Andrea (Taylor) Kuhl, Adam Clauson, Jesse Riddle, Moriah (Brock) Williams, Samantha (Joel) Greenacre, Heidi Jo (Mike) Uit De Flesch, Tina (Terje) Hansen, Josh (Kathy) Lewis, Heidi Ann Hoffman, Jeremiah (Alicia) Lewis, Shaun (Karen) Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Sarah (Pat) Lewis, Jamie (Stephen) Standen, Adam Lewis, Krista Lewis, Daniel Jensen, Kristi Jensen, Elizabeth Jensen, Amanda (Kasey) Shoun, Robert Hamilton, Ben Hamilton, Dwane (Amore`) Hamilton, Cassandra (Jeff) Reed, Mary (Danny) Strain, Megan Bernal and Alyssa Bernal; 30 great grandchildren, Landon and Thomas Winn, Sophia Kuhl, Terrel, Terrance, Tatum and Tessa Williams, Daniel Walter, Ireland Uit De Flesch, Kristian and Olivia Hansen, EJ and Adalee Lewis, Jace Johnson, Karina Perusquia, Nolan and Jaden Williams, Addison Wetzler, Abigail, Ashley and Andrew Standen, Hayden Wipf, Justin Jensen, Gage, Breanna, Gavin, Maddison and MaKayla Shoun, Jocelyn Reed, and Hudson Strain; siblings, Carole (Joe) Whalen, Virgil Lewis, Julie Carr, Debbie (Terry) Hopkins, Mitzi Baustian, Bud Adams, Jim Adams, Susie Thomas, and Georgia Lee (Harold) Bates; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and outlaws.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mona Lewis, Barbara Rodecap, and Marge Sumner; sons-in-law, Robert Hamilton and James Riddle; and countless loved ones.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, June 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will be at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Jennings Floden

November 21, 1923 - June 19, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Jennings was born November 21, 1923, in Bradley, SD, to Jens and Clara (Karlson) Floden. Jens arrived from Norway at the age of seventeen and he and Clara homesteaded on separate pieces of land, eventually creating the ranch between Hoover and Mud Butte where Jennings grew up. Jennings used to tell stories of how the family survived through the 30’s living on cream and egg checks.
Jennings graduated from Nisland High School in 1942 as class valedictorian. He started to attend college at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology but was called home to work on the ranch when his brother, Kermit, went into the military. He also worked as a ranch hand for neighbors during that time in order to help the family income. He used to talk about living by himself on the prairie in the sheep wagon for days at a time to safeguard the herd (and drinking cowboy coffee).
Jennings married Shirley Spencer June 10, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rapid City. He adopted Anne Marie, and Shirley and Jennings had three children, Karl, Susan, and James. Early in their marriage, they lived a short time in the old sod house on the ranch, and eventually built their own home.
The family ranch and everything associated with it was his life’s work. He loved the land and the wildlife, planting shelter belts, and building small spreader dams to hold water on hardpan spots on the prairie so they would grass over. He focused on good range management and conservation practices, and expanded the size of the ranch. Over the years, he added forty-four dams to the ranch, bought new acreage, built new structures, and switched from raising sheep to building up a cattle herd.
Jennings always had a story. Many were hunting stories or focused on survival from the days when they used a horse and buggy up to the time when he retired and the family moved to Rapid City in December, 2008. He used to say that he battled Mother Nature for 85 years on the ranch and that Mother Nature finally won. He was an excellent hunter and always said that if he couldn’t shoot something on the run with his trusty old thirty-thirty, it was too far away. He was the guide for a number of relatives who hunted deer and antelope on the ranch, and always seemed to know how and where the "critters" would run.
One of the highlights for Shirley and Jennings was participating in an archeological "dig" on the ranch that unearthed a Tyrannosaurus Rex scull and partial skeleton, at that time only the sixth available specimen of that dinosaur in the world. The "find" attracted national media attention and brought a number of people into their lives who were interested in archeology and local history.
Jennings was a long time member of the local chapter of Farmer's Union, officer in Cottonwood Township, a member of Northern Hills Archeology Society and Butte County Historical Society, and attended Darton Geological Society meetings. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran and was one of the longest members. He read extensively and had a broad base of knowledge about local and national subjects.
Jennings Floden, 92, Rapid City, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, Father’s Day evening, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Left behind are his wife, Shirley, son, Karl, and daughter, Anne Fines (Jerry), all of Rapid City; daughter, Susan Clausen (James), Alpine, TX; and son, James (Shaye) of Hermosa; grandsons, Jeremy (Anitra), Matthew (Margaret), and Shawn; and great-grandson, Dillon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kermit "Kurt;" sister, Blanche; and infant daughter, Carol Jeanne.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor LeRoy Flagstad officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Zeona, SD.
A memorial has been established for the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Zeona.

 

     
   
     

Donald James Patterson

January 25, 1976 - June 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Donnie was born January 25, 1976, in Sturgis, SD, to Donald W. and Roxann (Bartels) Patterson. He grew up in Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School. He completed his education at Western Dakota Vo-Tech where he earned his degree in Human Disabilities.
He worked at Black Hills Special Services and became a journeyman electrician for Freeman Electric, where he worked for 13 years. Following his retirement from a disability, he continued to battle his health. He had a form of muscular dystrophy.
Donnie was a good father and he loved his kids. He enjoyed taxidermy, hunting, fishing, old motorcycles, and cars. He was a huge Denver Bronco’s fan.
Donald James “Donnie” Patterson, 40, Sturgis, died Sunday, June 12, 2016, at his home in Sturgis, after a long battle with his health.
Survivors include his parents, Donald and Roxann Patterson; daughter, Tiana; son, Tryten; brothers, Wayne (Kelly Jo), Terry (Cassy), and Mike; maternal grandparents, Robert and Rose Bartels; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Committal services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis. Friends are welcome to join the family at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Joseph Jarding

May 27, 1953 - June 2, 2016

 

Service to be held:

No Service at this time

 

Tom was born May 27, 1953, in Mitchell, SD, to John and Marie Jarding and lived his early years on his parent's farm in Alexandria. His family moved to Ethan, SD, for several years before moving to Mitchell, where Tom attended Notre Dame High School before transferring to Mitchell Senior High School after Notre Dame closed its doors in 1970. Tom graduated from Mitchell High School in 1971. After high school, Tom attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.
In 1985, Tom married Norma Crosby. Tom and Norma spent much of their lives in California before moving to Utah where they lived until they moved to Hot Springs, SD, in 2005.
Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect as a teenager, Tom was told he would never live to see his twentieth birthday. Although his heart condition was always present in his life, Tom lived a full and fascinating life continuing to beat the odds and defy doctor’s warnings to the day he died – six days following his sixty-third birthday. Despite his medical condition, Tom never complained but rather relished every day of his life. He was always quick to offer support to someone in need and he fully understood the responsibility to fight for the least among us. His intellect was deep and expansive, his wit was substantial, and his readiness to laugh and smile was contagious.
Thomas Joseph Jarding, 63, Hot Springs, passed away June 2, 2016, while in hospice care in Rapid City.
Among his survivors are his stepson, Lynn Wirth, Layton, Utah; his grandchildren, Aleyssa and Danyail, both of Layton, Utah; his sisters, Susan Wingo and Elaine Verschoor of Boise, Idaho; his sister, Bette Wilkinson of Rapid City; and his brothers, John Jarding and Steve Jarding both of Rapid City, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie Jarding; his wife Norma; his brother, Walt Jarding; and his sister, Mary Walker.
Funeral services are pending at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Dik" Alban Kopp

October 16, 1948 - June 4, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Dik was born to Al and Eleanor (Jahner) Kopp October 16, 1948, in Mott, ND. He attended grade school at St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1966.
He joined the Navy in 1966, where he served four years which included service in Japan and Vietnam. Dik was very proud to serve his country and to be an American. Veterans have always been dear to his heart.
In 1971, he married Debbie Bruse and to this union three children were born; Kirk, Heath and Justin.
Throughout his life he enjoyed being a mechanic for the Ford Motor Company in various cities. During this time he formed the band (DK & The Coachmen). Eventually due to a funny mishap they became the "Broken Coach." His fellow musicians became best lifelong friends and stayed in contact. Last summer they had a reunion jam session at "The Knuckle" in Sturgis, SD. All their musical talent was just as great as in the early days (even without practicing).
On June 21, 1990, he married his soul mate, Suzanne Hogan, and to this union a son, Jesse James Perry, was born.
Dik was diagnosed with an unknown primary cancer with metastases to the bone, lymph system and brain in May of 2015. He never complained and was always concerned about others. He was "Our Hero" in this brave battle he fought.
On Saturday June 4, 2016, "Our Hero" Dik Kopp, 67, took his last breath as he joined his maker in heaven. He passed away peacefully at the Ft. Meade VA Hospice Unit with his son, wife, and siblings by his side.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Kopp; sons, Kirk (Amber) Kopp, Heath (Sarah) Kopp, Justin Kopp, and Jesse Kopp; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; two brothers, Dennis (Tina) Kopp and Neil (Mary) Kopp; four sisters, Bonnie Bruch, Patti (Kim) Coe, Connie Grayum, and Carmen (Todd) Sherman; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor Kopp-Wright; father, Al Kopp; and stepfather, Lee Wright; two nephews, Trent Coe and Byron Crown; and brother-in-law, (Doug Grayum). Enjoy that heavenly ride.
Funeral Services will be Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Robert "Bob" Duane Daane

August 13, 1932 - May 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, May 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Robert D."Bob" Daane, 83, Sturgis, died Wednesday, May 11, 2016, surrounded by his family, at his home in Sturgis.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15, with the family present, with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Timothy Castor will officiate. Burial with military honors will be 10:00 am Tuesday, May 17, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Bob was born August 13, 1932, in Faith, SD, the oldest of the 12 children of Elmer and Blanche (Wagner) Daane. He attended grade schools in Montrose, CA, Yakima, WA, Bakersfield, CA, and Brawley, CA, as his parents worked migrant jobs during the Great Depression. He was 9 years old when his family finally settled in Sturgis in 1941, the first year he spent a full year in one grade school. He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1950.
In 1952, during the Korean War, Bob enlisted in the Army and was assigned to an Artillery unit in Europe, rising to the rank of Sergeant. Upon his return in 1954, he worked in Wyoming oil fields, farmed, and tended bar.
He was married to Kathryn Donnenwirth on August 17, 1957, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. While working evenings at Gunner’s Lounge, he completed his bachelor’s degree on the GI bill at Black Hills State Teacher’s College in 1961. He also reenlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1958 and was selected for, and completed, Officer Candidate School.
In 1961, he commenced his career in the Meade County school district teaching Jr. High math and science. During school year 1965-66, he attended San Jose State College on a National Science Foundation grant. Upon his return to Sturgis in 1966, he was groomed by R.B. Williams as his assistant principal at the Jr. High, eventually assuming the principal position upon Mr. Williams’ retirement. He obtained his master’s degree from South Dakota State University and continued to serve as principal until 1984, when he resumed teaching math, at Sturgis Brown High School, until his retirement.
During his National Guard career, he served as the first commander of the 842nd Light Equipment Company in Spearfish, and later commanded the Headquarters Company of the 109th Combat Engineer Battalion in Sturgis. He was extremely proud to have then served as the commander of the 109th Engineer Battalion in Sturgis, and as President of the South Dakota National Guard Association. He was an officer in several units that won the prestigious Itscher Award, presented annually to the most outstanding engineer company in each Army component. He was also a regular instructor at Camp Rapid summer camps, and was elected Outstanding Instructor by his students on several occasions. He retired from the Guard in the rank of Colonel in 1986.
Bob was active in the Sturgis community, serving in the VFW, and the Lions and Elks clubs. His Guard units were active in service projects in Sturgis and throughout the Black Hills, including the construction of roads at Bear Butte and Custer State Parks and in preparation of the Jeff Smit memorial track. Bob also maintained the Sturgis sign on Sturgis hill for many years. He also led the National Guard mission up the Deadman channel in June 1972 to prevent the dam from repeating the tragedy in Rapid City.
Bob’s hobbies were golf and “family things”, a priority his children and grandchildren grew to love. He was also a founding member of the West River & Black Hills Epicurean & Reading Society, a/k/a The Cabin.
He is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Kathryn; three children, Janelle (Jeff) Rogers of Newcastle, WA, James (Tami) Daane of Sioux City, IA, and Jeffrey (Lori) Daane of Rapid City, SD; six grandchildren, May Rogers, Jillian (Michael) Hixson, and Nicholas, Brooke, Sydney and Benjamin Daane; a sister, Norma Frick of Anchorage, AK; eight brothers, Jon and William of Las Vegas, NV, Gerald, Donald, Ronald, Patrick, and Michael of Reno, NV, and Thomas of Canton, GA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Daane; a sister, Joan Brunson; and a grandchild, Christopher Daane.
Memorials may be directed to the Sturgis Boy Scouts, in care of the Black Hills Area Council, 144 North St, Rapid City, SD 57701, or to St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, in care of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 1049 Howard St., Sturgis, SD 57785.

 

     
   
     

Judith Eileen Deutsch

August 6, 1945 - March 24, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Judy's ride began on August 6, 1945, in St. Paul, MN, and ended at her home on March 24, 2016, in Sturgis, SD.
Judy was the oldest of 7 children born to Ernest and Delores Salmon. She attended elementary and junior high schools in St. Paul and graduated from St. Paul Johnson Senior High School in 1963. She worked for Northwestern Bell from 1962 to 1979.
She married Michael Deutsch 50 years ago today, May 21, 1966. They were blessed with three sons: Todd, Brad and Ryan. The family moved to Denver, CO, in 1978, and to Sturgis, SD, in 1983. In 1995, her only grandchild, Jordan, was born ~~ the light of her life.
Judy loved to travel and took many trips and cruises. She enjoyed scrapbooking, card making, interior decorating, gardening, Scrabble, and spending time with her boys and granddaughter.
She was preceded by her mother, Delores; father, Ernest; and nephew, Blake.
She is survived by loving husband, Mike; sons, Todd, Brad, and Ryan; granddaughter, Jordan; siblings, Cheryl (Bob), Craig, Debbie, Kim (Guy), Joy, and Lori (Greg); sisters-in-law, Carol, Susie, and Lynda (Chuck); and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of Judy's life will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Bruce Baum officiating. Lunch will follow at the Sturgis Vet's Club.
The family thanks you for sharing in the celebration of Judy's life.

 

     
   
     

Daniel Jordan Alley

April 18, 1993 - May 1, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Daniel was born April 18, 1993, in Fairfax, VA, and lived in Woodbridge, VA. He moved to the Black Hills with his family in September 1993. He attended elementary, middle, and high school in the Lead-Deadwood School District and was from the graduating class of 2012.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Lead. Danny loved the great outdoors and wildlife. Danny spent his free time outside hiking, camping, long boarding, motorcycling, off-roading, snowmobiling, skiing, and snowboarding.
Danny had an infectious laugh and a twinkle in his eye. He was kindhearted and caring, always quick to help out those in need, he was faithful and loyal. Most of all, he was loved by many and will be terribly missed by his family and friends. There will be no doubt that when our time ends in this world, Danny will be waiting, with open arms and that beautiful smile.
Daniel Jordan Alley, 23, Nemo, died Sunday, May 1, 2016, due to a motor vehicle accident.
Danny is survived by his parents, Jim and Terri Alley, Nemo; brothers, Michael, Lead, and David and Jacob, both of Nemo; grandmother, JoAnn Weeks, Tampa, FL; uncles, Steve (Sandy) Alley, Absarokee, MT, and Tracy (Jessie) Howett, Apollo Beach, FL; aunts, Janet Holzer, Lead, Cheryl Holen, Dell Rapids, SD, Debra Alley, Bay City, TX, Darlene (Doug) Fettig, Rapid City, Brenda (Scott) Laurenti, Brigham City, UT, and Treena (Craig) Marvel, West Chester, PA; and too many cousins to list.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Imajean Alley, Lead, and John Weeks, Tampa, FL.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Lead.

 

     
   
     

Arlette H. Douglas

August 1, 1918 - April 25, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday April 29, 2016

 

Arlette was born August 1, 1918, to Reverend F.A. and Amanda (Nelson) Wick of Rhame, ND. They lived on a farm "Bullhogan", 32 miles from Rhame. When the family moved into Rhame, she worked on W.P.A. from 1934 to 1937 at the sewing center and also at the sewing center in Bowman.
In 1939, she married Ernest Weisz of Rhame, ND. They were blessed with five children, Geraldine "Gerrie" Barry of Sturgis, Ronald Weisz of Sturgis, Larry (Cheryl) Weisz of Rapid City, Ramona (Derwin) Dugger of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Jerry Weisz (deceased). In 1954, they moved to the Black Hills area. In 1969, she married Albert Douglas of Upton, WY, where they lived for several years before moving to back to Sturgis.
Arlette Henrietta Wick Weisz Douglas, 97, Sturgis, died Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Lippold Hospice Suite of the Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Arlette "Gunna", "Gramma D", "Gramma 'Lette" is survived by one sister, Hope Seifert of Bismarck, ND; 4 of her 5 children; 6 grandchildren, Steve, Barb, Nicki, Shawn, Derran, and Adam; 11 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and family of Albert Douglas.
She is preceded in death by her dear folks; her beloved son, Jerry; her wonderful husbands, Albert Douglas and Ernest Weisz; one brother, Fritz; three sisters, Fern, Faith, and Rosella; and her son-in-law, Dale Barry.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Mildred Westberg

April 24, 1918 - April 21, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Monday May 2, 2016

 

Mildred was born April 24, 1918, in Blooming Prairie, MN, to Eline (Sorenson) and Nels Wullum. She attended school in Eagle Butte, SD, and Red Wing, MN. She graduated from Red Wing High School in 1936.
Mildred met the love of her life, Glen Westberg, while working at her dad’s fountain shop in Red Wing. They eloped and were married on June 12, 1937, in New Hampton, IA. To this union were born three sons, Jerry, Tony, and Jeff; and two daughters, Karen and Kathy. The couple moved around a lot early in their marriage due to the Depression. Among the places they lived during their early married life were Escanaba, MI, Redwood City, CA, and Aberdeen, SD.
They moved to Whitewood, SD, in 1955. The family was involved in ranching and also owned Whitewood Post and Pole Company and Livestock Energy Systems Inc. In 1988, Glen and Mildred purchased Oak Leaf Ranch outside of Whitewood and worked in the ranching and horse raising business.
When Glen died in 2001, the couple had been married for 64 years.
Mildred loved to cook and loved being a rancher’s wife. While living in Whitewood, Mildred ran a ceramics business out of her home where she gave lessons and sold ceramics. Mildred also loved to collect dolls and had quite an extensive collection of dolls.
She was active in Immanuel Lutheran Church of Whitewood and the Church Ladies Aid.
Mildred K. Westberg, 97, of Whitewood, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, April 21, 2016, three days short of her 98th birthday at Judy’s Assisted Living Center in Belle Fourche S.D.
Survivors include her
sons, Jerry (Brigitte) Oregon City, OR, Tony (Alona), Whitewood SD, and Jeff (Julie), Whitewood; daughter, Kathy Hinckley, Wheat Ridge, CO; sister, Norma McKillip, Woodville, TX; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Karen Rossow; sister, Bernice Schutte; mother and stepfather, Eline and Chris Hanson; and father, Nels Wullum.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Whitewood. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

Dara Ann Lucille Reynolds

April 18, 1996 - April 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dara was born April 18, 1996, in Spearfish, SD, to Sheila Standing Bear and Christopher Reynolds.
Dara lived in and attended school in Whitewood, Sturgis, and Rapid City. She graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 2014. Through her youth, she lived with both sets of grandparents, Larry and Candy Morrell and Wayne and Pattie Reynolds.
Dara faced some difficult times in her life but one would always see beauty and grace shine through her. Her grandpa, Larry, quickly nicknamed her “sweet baby girl.” After graduation, Dara was employed at the Northern Hill Vet Clinic. She loved animals of all kinds but one had a special place in her heart, her dog, Koda.
She loved to be doing anything outdoors, hiking, camping, and 4wheeling to name a couple. Her friends were a very important part of her life and she will always be remembered as the little girl that could light up a room and make people smile. Dara was loved by all that knew her and will be missed by many.
Dara Ann Reynolds, 19, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, due to a motor vehicle accident.
Dara is survived by her mother, Sheila (Ben) Standing Bear, Whitewood; father, Christopher Reynolds, Rapid City; maternal grandparents, Candy (Larry) Morrell, Sturgis, and Herb Houchin, Sturgis; paternal grandparents, Wayne (Pattie) Reynolds, Sturgis, and Ann Reynolds, Minnesota; brother, Kyle Reynolds, Rapid City; sister, Tori Keffeler, Whitewood; brothers, Bradin, Brandin, and Tage Standing Bear, Whitewood; sister, Tyra Standing Bear, Whitewood; aunts, Joie Houchin, Spearfish, Shelli (Mike) Nelson, Sturgis, and Stacy Reynolds, Minnesota; uncles, Josh (Dani) Houchin, Sturgis, and Shannon (Marnie) Houchin, Piedmont; and numerous cousins.
Dara is preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Leonard and Shirley Hise and Bert and Mary Houchin
A service to celebrate Dara’s life is being held Wednesday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the Believers Fellowship Church at 180 Old Stone Road in Sturgis. A potluck and balloon release will follow at the Lions Club Gazebo in Sturgis.
In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dara Reynolds name at Pioneer Bank and Trust at 2611 Lazelle Street for the Sturgis Animal Shelter.

 

     
   
     

Harold Loy Davis

November 19, 1949 - April 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, April 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Harold was born in Sturgis, SD, to Bernard and Freida (Sjullie) Davis. He was one of six children born to Bernard and Freida.
Harold graduated from Sturgis Brown High School then served two years in the United States Army. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Sturgis where he worked for Junior Hurley then McKie Chevrolet/Hersruds as the parts manager until his retirement in 2011.
Harold and Patty (Philipsen) were united in marriage in Ely, NV, on January 4, 1980.
Harold was a member of First United Methodist Church, Sturgis Lions Club, and Sturgis VFW. He loved fishing, woodworking, camping, working in the yard, working on vehicles, spending time with his family, and especially loved his three beautiful granddaughters.
Harold Davis, 66, Sturgis, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, hospice unit surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with Alzheimers.
His passing is definitely our loss but the Lord's gain and he will truly be missed by all. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife, Patty Davis, Sturgis; his sister, Virginia (Chubb) Baker, Ely, NV; his twin sister, Sally Blood, Anaheim, CA; his brother, Dean (Pat) Davis, Placerville, CA; sister-in-law, Lois Davis, Rapid City, SD; his son, Justin Davis, Hermosa, SD; daughter, Tina Davis Vasknetz, Hermosa, SD; daughter, Misty Davis, Yankton, SD; grandchildren, Courtney Davis, Spokane, WA, Chantel O'Brien, Rapid City, and Britney Davis, Yankton; and several nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Freida Davis; his brother, Charles Davis; and his sister, Barbara Grass.
Harold always loved Christmas and felt everyone always deserved a gift.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Realtors for Kids.

 

     
   
     

Dara Ann Reynolds

April 18, 1996 - April 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Spitfire, “a good kid”, opinionated, loyal, class clown, loving – these are just a few words used to describe Dara. Dara was killed in a motor vehicle accident early Tuesday morning.
Dara was born April 18, 1996. She grew up in Sturgis spending much of her childhood living with her Grandma Patty and Grandpa Wayne. Dara graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 2014 where she was friendly and social; so social that one of her teachers created a special “zone” using yellow tape to mark her area – otherwise she would wander the classroom visiting with everyone. Dara once received a Certificate of Achievement /Award of Distinction for “Keeping the Class Smiling” – a true representation of Dara! She also was a champion of others, and was always putting others before herself. Dara once told her Grandma Patty about another student that “I like her because no one else does.”
Dara worked for Virginia “the t-shirt lady” for three summers, always telling her that she would take a break after she sold” just one more shirt.” Recently, Dara had been employed by Northern Hills Vet clinic where she loved working with all the animals. Being petite didn’t keep Dara from jumping in to help wherever she was needed whether with a small kitten or helping support a 90 pound sedated dog.
Those that knew her would say that Dara would rather talk than eat. Growing up, her Grandma Patty would have to remind her to stop talking and eat, over and over again, with her Grandpa adding in his reminders. These gentle admonishments only worked briefly with Dara again starting a conversation, often with “so Grandpa how was your day?” This might have been a holdover from her early childhood when she was a very picky eater once hiding her “bouncy” bacon under the tablecloth.
Dara always had an opinion, and would stick to it. She’d take her grandpa, father, and brother to task - but never her grandma; she knew there were some limits you just didn’t push. Family was everything to Dara; she would always put her siblings before herself, and would do anything to help them.
Growing up in the Black Hills was a wonderful experience for Dara. She loved the outdoors and to go hiking in the Hills. She was an amazing artist and her love of life came through in her artwork. She showed her talent by drawing everything and anything. She would draw fantastic cartoon characters imbued with fun and life. Her geometric drawings were wildly creative and filled with her joy of life. Her joy and brightness will be missed by all who knew her. She was a special young woman who was loved by many.
Services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Vet's Club in Sturgis, SD.
Dara is survived by her father, Christopher Reynolds; her mother, Shelia Sanding Bear; siblings, Kyle Reynolds and Tori Keffeler; plus step-siblings, Braden, Branden, Tyra, and Tage Standing Bear; her grandparents, Wayne and Patty Reynolds, Anne Reynolds, Candy and Larry Morrell, and Herb Houchin; aunts, Stacy, Shannon, Sheila, Shelly, and Joie; uncle, Josh; and various cousins.
Hold the memory of Dara in your heart, her joy of life, and sense of fun. Let the sunshine of her smile carry you through the stormy days. “You can cry because I’m gone or you can celebrate because I lived.”

 

     
   
     

Carolyn Ann Oedekoven

August 15, 1928 - April 10, 2016

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm Friday, April 15, 2016

 

Carolyn Ann Smith was born August 15, 1928, at Newell, SD, to Clarence and Halya (Ekstrom) Smith. She attended school in Newell, SD.
Carolyn married Standly Oedekoven on October 3, 1948. They lived on the family ranch on Nine Mile Creek near Vale, SD. Three children were born to this union: Rick, Darrell, and Carol. They moved to Sturgis in 1982.
Standly and Carolyn were planning to celebrate their 60th year of marriage when Standly passed away in 2008. After his death, she moved to Heritage Acres and later to Aspen Grove Assisted Living.
Carolyn was a past member of Vale Lutheran Church, Rachel Circle, and the "Friendly V Club." She served on county and city elections for 45 years. Standly and Carolyn started the Nine Mile Guys & Dolls 4-H Club and were leaders for 17 years. After the children grew, they started square dancing and continued dancing for 20 years. Carolyn also loved to paint pictures and entered several of her paintings in the county fair.
Carolyn Ann Oedekoven, 87, Sturgis, died Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her sons, Rick (Carla) Oedekoven and Darrell (Penny) Oedekoven, all of Vale, SD; daughter, Carol (Kelvin) Grey of St. Lawrence, SD; eight grandchildren, Lea Ann (Waylon) Strohschein, Nicole (Justin) Mitchell, Clint (Jenny) Oedekoven, Wes (Amanda) Oedekoven, Misty (Will) Reedy, Kelli (Tad) DeVries, Kristina (Scott) Schaefer, and Kathy (Brad) Tofflemire; seventeen great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley (Andy) Aronson of Spearfish, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Standly; her parents; three brothers, Chester, Stanley, and Carl; and two sisters, Fern Ryther and Elsie Oedekoven.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 14, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church, Sturgis, With a prayer service at 7:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 15, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Dan Ziebarth officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Sturgis FFA and to Meade County 4-H.

 

     
   
     

Bonnie Arlene Drews

December 28, 1928 - April 9, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m.Thursday April 14, 2016

 

On December 28, 1928, Bonnie was born on a farm in southwest Nebraska to Arthur and Elsie Berndt. The family later moved to northwest Kansas to another farm. She attended country school in Cedar Bluffs, KS, through the 8th grade. She went to high school in McCook, NE, and later graduated from North Central Bible Institute in Minneapolis, MN.
Bonnie married Melvin Drews on September 7, 1951, and they had four children.
During her life, she worked in different churches, teaching Sunday school, Missionettes, and Women’s Ministries. She also provided daycare for several children. In 1977, she and Melvin moved to South Dakota from California and bought the KOA Campground in Deadwood. They retired to Sturgis from that business in 1995.
The job she loved most was mothering her children and she was an excellent example of a wife and mother. She would wash dishes to soak her arthritic hands and pray for each family member while doing so. She also was the main caregiver for 12 years for her husband, Melvin, after his debilitating stroke.
Her favorite pastime was reading. She continued to read via audio book and would joke about losing her place because she couldn’t figure out how to stop and rewind or she would fall asleep and have to start the book over. Her favorite holiday was Christmas and she loved shopping for gifts for each family member.
Bonnie A. Drews went home to be with Jesus on April 9, 2016. In the past few years, she became legally blind from macular degeneration but now she is clearly seeing the face of her Savior, Jesus.
Bonnie is survived by the children she loved dearly, Collette (Jason) Holmes, Lomita, CA, Cheryl (Mike) Glanzer, Lead, SD, Anitra (Don) McKnight, Sturgis, SD, and Alan Drews, Sturgis, SD; grandchildren, Shanna, Phil, Stacee, Susanna, Elise, Dusty, Evan, Aimee, Brad, Aaron, April, Adam, and Aric; three great-grandchildren, Vienna, Joel, and Andrew. Also surviving are two sisters, Lois Nelson and Leona Nelson; one brother, Arthur Berndt; several nieces and nephews; and to many more children and adults, she was Grandma Bonnie.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church in Spearfish, SD. Burial will follow in the afternoon at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Lucile Ann Sundstrom

August 12, 1937 - April 7, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, April 11, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Lucy was born the first of ten children to Roland & Theresa (Erhardt) Molitor in Lemmon, SD. Lucy graduated from Faith High School in 1956. She married Wayne Sundstrom the following autumn, on November 17, 1956, in Faith, SD. Over the next 15 years, Lucy and Wayne would make their home in Oregon, Wyoming, the Southern Black Hills, and finally settled in Sturgis. The couple had three children, their first child, a daughter, Dixie, and two sons, Darcy & Dane. Wayne passed away in 2000.
Both entrepreneurs and very dedicated workers, Lucy and Wayne created and operated many businesses in a variety of industries – a demolition/construction company, a rock quarry, a daycare, a bar, a handful of residential rentals, even a brief Indian taco stand, and Lucy’s namesake – Lucy’s Nearly New, a consignment shop that has been a staple of the Sturgis business community for over 30 years.
After retiring from the consignment shop, Lucy wasn’t one to slow down. A helpful grandma and active volunteer, Lucy spent her days at on the go with family and friends. Lucy enjoyed traveling so much her family liked to joke she always had her bags packed. When she was at home, Lucy could read murder mysteries, cover to cover, in just a few late night sittings.
Lucile Ann Sundstrom, 78, passed away Thursday, on the morning of April 7, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital after a short and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
She is survived and missed by her three children, Dixie (Gordon) Olson, Darcy (Lisa) Sundstrom, and Dane (Stacey) Sundstrom; 12 grandchildren, Suzanne (Nate Nelson) Olson, Nicole Kelly, Celeste (Kyle) Horazdovsky, Colette Sundstrom, Thor Sundstrom, Gavin Sundstrom, Drake Sundstrom, Kjell Sundstrom, Jordan Ross, Taylor Ross, Nathan Tesky, and Josh Porto; 2 great-grandchildren, Sydney Kelly & Aiden Courteaux; 9 siblings, Roland (Lois) Molitor, Lyle (Marlis) Molitor, Shirley (Gene) Terwilliger, Caroline (Ben) Mallon, Larry Molitor, David Molitor, Gerald Molitor, Glen Molitor, and Dennis (Mark Obermeyer) Molitor; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends thought of as family.
Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; by her faithful companion, a 4 lb. Maltese, Winston; and her parents, Roland & Theresa.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be sent to the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital and Realtors for Kids.

 

     
   
     

Marcella Ann Forde

October 30, 1929 - March 28, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Marcella Ann (Wagner) Forde was born October 30, 1929, in Deadwood, SD, to Harold and Violet (Randall) Wagner.
She worked as a waitress in her early years at the old Wagner Hotel; one could assume she had to have a bit of feistiness in her, considering the cliental in the old west days.
Marcella had a strong, life-long catholic faith. She attended St. Martin's Academy for most of her school years, up until graduation. She married Cevelian "Civie" Forde October 19, 1947, and moved to Newell, where they built their life-long legacies and lived out their lives, until the death of her husband in 2005. Marcella "Marcie" moved to Denver, CO, in 2010 to be closer to her surviving four sons; David, Clarence, Terry, and Paul, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Over the years, many, many stories could be told about Marcella. She attended church regularly at St. Mary's, was a member of the Altar Society, organist in the choir for many years, and taught catechism. Three times a day, she would break out her prayer book and rosary. When she came to visit, someone had to take her to church, no matter what. There was no excuse for missing mass. In her older years when she was unable to get out, you could bet she would find a channel on the TV to watch mass.
She loved the outdoors. Many days were spent camping and fishing at the local lakes, dams, and her favorite place, Missouri River, although, the Halibut she caught in Alaska was pretty high up on her list.
She loved playing cards, pinochle was her favorite, but it really didn’t matter to her. She enjoyed the company and her excuse for making popcorn. When the kids returned home, that's the first thing we looked for after an eight hour drive.
Her first love though was her family. No matter what, she always had time. Whether it was consoling you after putting the family car in the canal, or bending a wheel on the road you weren't supposed to be on.
Marcella had many heart breaks in her life also. She cared for her husband through bouts with cancer, at his side until the end. Being at her mother's bedside so she wouldn't be alone, uprooting herself to care for one of her sons, who died of cancer at the age of 49, and her brother, whom she moved into her home to care for him until his final days. I did not hear her complain one single time.
Marcella, 86, died at the Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital in Denver, CO, on March 28, 2016.
Marcella is survived by her sons, David (Jackie), Denver, CO, Terry (Loree) Brighton, CO, and Paul (Kyong), Westminster, CO; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild born 5 days after her death.
She had one brother, Harold Wagner, Jr., and one daughter, Diane, who died several hours after child birth who preceded her in death. She wanted as many granddaughters as she could get to try to make up the void that Diane had left. Her son, Clarence, died of cancer at the age of 49.
I don't know if her brother is still looking for the other end of the horse sticking out of the wall in Deadwood, or if I'll ever know the stories of Strawberry Hill, or get the image out of my head walking in the house with her standing on the chair with a football helmet on her head and a broom in her hand to get that bat out of the house. We do know that we will never forget our mother.
Rosary will be Wednesday at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell, SD, at 7:00 p.m.
Memorial services will be Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell with Father Mark Horn officiating. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
Memorials have been established to Make a Wish and St. Mary's Star of The Sea Catholic Church.

 

     
   
     

Melodie Lynn Lewis

February 14, 1959 - April 3, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Wednesday April 6, 2016

 

Melodie was born February 14, 1959, at Bryan, OH, to Clyde Duane and Carol Eileen (Franklin) Mowry.
She graduated from Cabool School in 1977 and worked in an office setting until October 1980, when she entered missionary work in Missouri, Arkansas and Indiana for the next 17 years.
On August 30, 2000, she married Tommy W. Lewis of Nisland, SD. To this marriage was brought one son, Darin Jaime Lewis.
Melodie was employed at the Butte County States Attorney’s office at the time of her death.
Melodie Lynn Lewis, 57, Newell, died April 3, 2016, at her home with loved ones gathered around.
Survivors include her husband Tommy W. Lewis and their son, Darin Jaime Lewis, both of Newell, SD; her father, Clyde Duane Mowry, Clarksville, IN; sister, Melinda Lou Mowry and brother, Harmony Glenn (Lori) Mowry, all of Mountain Grove, MO; two nieces, Zoe (James) Myers, Joplin, MO; Faith (Stephen) Reynolds, Webb city, MO; two great nephews, Chandler and Lane, and one great niece, Josslyn, all of Missouri. Other family includes her husband’s and brother’s families by marriages, all which were loved by Melodie very much!
Preceding her in death was her mother, Carol Eileen Mowry on July 29, 2015.
Visitation will be 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center Theater at 1111 National St. in Belle Fourche.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Dale Martin Bryant

May 31, 1956 - March 28, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, April 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dale Martin Bryant was born May 31, 1956, to Leach and Edna (Farnsworth) Bryant. Dale graduated from Sturgis High School in 1975. He served in the U. S. Marine Corp from 1975 until his honorable discharge in 1978. Upon his release from the marines, he became a heavy equipment operator for many years and worked at many different jobs around the area. When Dale became disabled, he lived at his residence on the Bryant Ranch.
Dale, 59, Piedmont, died Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Department of Veteran's Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by two sisters, Ida Tryon and Mary (Ray) Baker; five brothers, Elmer Bryant, Roy Bryant, John Bryant, Paul Bryant, and David (Gracia) Bryant; many nieces and nephews; a very good friend, Bob Kinyon; and many other good friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Louis Bryant; one niece, Chelsey Bryant; and one great-niece, Vicky Evans.
A memorial service will be held Monday, April 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Father Bill Zandri officiating. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Helen E. Davis Alden

April 23, 1920 - March 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, March 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Helen Evadna Davis Alden was called home to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Helen was born April 23, 1920 in the Opal vicinity to Raymond and Gladys (Tibble) Davis. She attended country grade school and high school in Faith, SD. She lived on the farm in Opal until 1936 when the family traveled to Oregon and Missouri. The family returned to South Dakota in 1938 and settled in Sturgis. On February 23, 1941, she married Leonard (Tex) Alden in Sundance, WY. Over their 55 years of marriage they lived in Sturgis, South Dakota, southern California, and Winner, South Dakota.
Helen lived her life for her family and her Lord. She is survived by her 3 children: Judy (Charles) Baker; Ken (Donna) Alden; and Shirley Mitchell, 10 grandchildren, 24 great- grandchildren, and 4 great- great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Leonard (Tex) Alden, her sister Pauline Davis, brothers William Davis and Raymond Davis and her parents and son-in-law Thomas Mitchell.
She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, a member of the United Methodist Women and the Senior Citizen's Center where she and her husband faithfully delivered Meals on Wheels for years.
Funeral Services will be Monday, March 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, SD. with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating.
Interment will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established in Helen’s name for Meals on Wheels and First United Methodist Church.

 

     
   
     

Thomas John Davis Jr.

July 5, 1954 - March 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Tom was born on July 5, 1954, to Thomas and Mary (Richardson) Davis in Spearfish, SD. He attended school in Belle Fourche, graduating in 1973. Tom participated and lettered as a member of the Belle Fourche High School Rodeo Club.
He served in the United States Army as a Diesel Mechanic in Ft Hood, TX, Germany, and Ft. Carson, CO. During his service in the army, he was selected to represent his unit in the Division’s “Soldier of the Quarter” competition where he placed second, the highest anyone from his unit had ever placed.
Tom graduated from the University of South Dakota: Springfield, with an Associate’s Degree in Diesel Technology in 1980. Tom was employed at Bentonite Performance Minerals for 22 years until declining health forced him to retire.
Tom was active in the Belle Fourche Chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as Commander and Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 32. He also participated in the Belle Fourche Cowtown Festival, and other re-enactments, bringing to life the image of the “working cowboy.” He also participated in local team penning completions.
Thomas John Davis, Jr., 61, Belle Fourche, passed away March 18, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Tom is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Mary Virginia; father, Thomas J. Davis; and brother, Bill Davis. Also grateful for sharing his life are stepchildren, Bobbi Staley, Laurie Oster, Kevin Smith, Russell Smith, Amy Smith, and Tina Newlander; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Davis, and brother, Randy Davis.
Graveside services will be at Black Hills National Cemetery on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 11:00 AM.

 

     
   
     

Edgar Alvin Mutchler

October 7, 1940 - March 18, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016

 

Long-time resident of Central City and retired Homestake employee, Ed Mutchler, 75, passed away peacefully at his home early Friday morning, March 18, 2016, after a lengthy, courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sturgis with Mr. Jim Lassle officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Edgar Alvin Mutchler was born in Deadwood on October 7, 1940, to Roland A. (Ray) Mutchler and Gertrude (Sheldon) Mutchler. He was the youngest of four children. Ed has remained in the Central City area most of his life. He married Tomie Lynn (Glover) Mutchler on December 12, 1958.
He worked for Homestake Gold Mine as a miner, shift boss, foreman, and Mine Rescue team member until his retirement in 1993. In his free time, Ed liked to hunt, motorcycle ride, fish, and waterski. He and Tomie traveled to Lake Havasu, AZ, in their motor home for winters since his retirement.
Ed is survived by his wife of 57 years, Tomie Lynn (Glover); their 3 children, Lynn (Mike) Hansen, Mike (Briget Achtien) Mutchler, and David (Peggy Sue Penning) Mutchler; his sister, Doris (Keith) Fox; his sister-in-law, Roberta (Vodopich) Mutchler; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; brother, Raymond (Buzzy) Mutchler; and sister, Byra (Mutchler) Long.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the American Cancer Society and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

James Brian Meland

May 15, 1968 - March 7, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, March 15,2016 at 2:30 p.m.

 

James grew up in Eagle Butte, SD, and attended Cheyenne River Elementary and High School. His father owned an automotive repair shop, where James honed his skills which eventually led him to obtain a degree in Automotive Technology from Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City, SD. During that time, he also enlisted in the military and became a Combat Engineer in the United States Army.
James is a veteran of the Gulf War, where he earned multiple medals, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal, Army Lapel Button, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 bronze Service Stars, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Driver and Mechanics Badge with Driver-W Bar, Sharpshooter Badge with M-16 Rifle Bar, and Marksman Badge with Hand Grenade Bar.
Spirituality was an extremely important part of James' life. He enjoyed reading scripture, attending services, volunteering to help fellow veterans, working on vehicles, hunting, watching football, exercising and exploring the world around him.
James B. Meland, age 47, died of natural causes on Monday, March 7, 2016, at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, WA.
James is survived by his mother, Sandra (Paul) Swenson, Huron, SD; sister, Michelle (Eric) Meland, Rapid City; son, Bryan (Lauren) Meland, Portland, OR; grandmother, Edith (Barney) Meland, Bison, SD; grandparents, Earl and Deana Eliason, Pagosa Springs, CO; nephew, Nicholas Meland, Rapid City; six uncles; three aunts; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore "Ted" Meland; grandfather, Barney Meland; and one aunt, Judith "Judy" Waddell.
A small private family service with full Military Funeral Honors was held at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. with Father Bill Zandri officiating.
In Lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to a veteran's organization of your choice in his honor.

 

     
   
     

Donald E. Schafer

June 30, 1948 - March 8, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:30 am Friday March 11, 2016

 

Don Ellis Schafer was born June 30, 1948, in Phillip, SD, to Glen Schafer and Velma (Culver) Schafer. Don grew up in Phillip and graduated high school in Phillip, SD, where he married his high school sweetheart, Roxanne Radway.
They moved to Washington State where he worked as several different aircraft production positions, until being drafted into the U.S Army in July 1969. He was first sent to Germany, and then he went straight to Vietnam where he served for 7 months as an air craft engine mechanic. He then decided to join the SD Army National Guard where he worked part time in 1971 when he also worked for mobile home manufacturing. He was offered a full time position in 1972 with the SD National Guard at the Army Aviation Support Facility as an aircraft mechanic. He loved being in the guard, and being a mechanic. In 1997, he retired after 28 years of dedicated military service.
Don’s hobbies included country western dancing, which he taught as well. He also loved to hunt and fish. He loved meeting with good friends for coffee in the morning. He really enjoyed wood working, welding, working on cars, and machinery work. He also enjoyed teaching his family members everything that he loved to do. He loved to work with his hands and often wanted to teach his grandkids and his own kids his knowledge of wood working and mechanics.
You could always find Don busy and hard at work on projects or helping friends/family out on just about everything. He was a very well respected man/father and grandfather and was loved by all that knew him. He was generous, kind and very caring, but most importantly very outgoing and personable. Don did a lot of volunteer work building wheel chair ramps for Metropolitan Lions Club of Rapid City, SD. He was a snow bird to Yuma, AZ, for many years and would leave SD in October and would return to SD in April where you could find him keeping busy and helping friends and family as always.
Donald, 67, Rapid City, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on March 8, 2016
Don is survived by his sister, Barbara Hocking of Rapid City, SD; his brother, Richard Schafer of Minneapolis, MN; son, Michael Schafer and wife, Jennifer, of Gardner, KS; daughter, Melanie Schafer of Rapid City, SD; and granddaughters, MysHa Schafer of Rapid City, SD, and Savannah Schafer of Gardner, KS.
Don was preceded in death by his much loved parents and sister, Nancy England.
He will truly be missed but always in our hearts.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday March 11, 2016, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Hermosa, SD, with Pastor Deb Grismer officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held at the church. Then the interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations to the Metropolitan Lions Club of Rapid City, SD.

 

     
   
     

Ronald Dean "Ron" Glover

August 4, 1939 - March 8, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2016

 

Ronald Dean Glover, 76, Rapid City, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade, during a short respite stay.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2016, at South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City. Public committal services will be at 2:00 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Newell with military honors.
Ron was born August 4, 1939, at Rapid City, SD, to James and Elma (Sampila) Glover. He was raised in Newell, SD, where he attended first through 12th grade. He graduated from Newell High School in 1957.
Following graduation from SDSU in Brookings in March of 1962, he worked on temporary assignment for two years with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. He then served two years in the US Army.
He married Diana Babb at Newell on July 22, 1967. They raised their family on a hill north of Rapid City where they have lived for almost 46 years.
Ron was employed as a fisheries biologist, returning to the Game, Fish and Parks department for 27 years, then 10 years with the US Forest Service in the Black Hills National Forest. Ron's career was dedicated to building 'better homes for trout.'
In 1996, he traveled to Washington, DC, to receive an honor recognizing his distinguished accomplishments in the fisheries industry.
Ron learned to hunt jackrabbits and fish at a young age from his father. His mother wanted him to look neat, particularly his well-groomed hair. His love of hunting and fishing lasted his entire life, and he most enjoyed guiding for the Black Hills Turkey Track Club. He taught his children to hunt and fish and spent many seasons pursuing antelope and deer near the Deers Ears buttes in Butte County.
Ron kept a journal of his game and harvested 199 turkeys; he had looked forward to the 200th turkey.
During his retirement, Ron and Diana traveled extensively and enjoyed time with family and friends. Special trips with grandchildren and a week at Outlaw Ranch each summer are special memories for the family.
Survivors include his wife, Diana, Rapid City; son, John Glover, and his children, Kylie, Kaleb, and Keagan Glover, and their mother, Teresa (Melody) Stolfus, all of Fargo, ND; daughter, Sue (Al Radley) Glover, Bayfield, WI; brother, William (Scarlett) Glover, Olympia, WA, and their children, James, Jason, and Jill. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Bonnie Lange; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Memorials will be given through the South Dakota State University Foundation to support the James Novotny Scholarship Fund and the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Scholarship Fund.

 

     
   
     

Bob Dennard

January 2, 1942 - February 21, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Friday February 26, 2016

 

Bob was born January 2, 1942, at Gallup, NM. His family moved to south Texas when Bob was very young and his father was away serving in the military during World War II. Bob's earliest memory of his father was when he returned from the war when Bob was 5 years old. The family moved several times as Bob was growing up and his father pursued his education and career. Bob attended New Mexico State; Bob often said it was the only college he could get into since his dad was the Dean of Admissions. He explained his extended time at college could be explained by his love of extra-curricular activities and, of course, his love of learning.
Bob began his career in mining at Creede, CO. He considered this career move one of his best decisions as it was in Creede where he met and married the love of his life, Barb. It was in true Bob & Barb fashion that their marriage was celebrated at the Creede Hotel, Pub & Bar. The birth of their sons, Chad and Colby, completed their family.
Bob’s mining career brought the family to the Black Hills, where they fell in love with the beauty of the area and the wonderful people they met here. Bob continued to work at Homestake Mine until it closed. Bob then began "commuting" to work at Stillwater Mine in Montana. He continued working at Stillwater until his retirement in 2008. Following his retirement, Bob began his new career of "honey-do's" at home and with the family rental properties. Bob was always busy, working on projects, helping others, and visiting at the grocery store.
Bob loved being involved in the community. He was a proud member of the Masons and felt blessed to be able to assist with their CHIPs program. He was an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and supported the Realtors for Kids program in the Northern Hills. He was an avid soccer, gun, boating, and outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed spending time camping and taking friends and family out in his boat. It can be said that Bob never met a stranger and was a friend to all. He lived life to the fullest, with an infectious smile and laugh. His family was his joy and his grandchildren the bright lights in his life.
Blessed to have shared his life are his family and friends. He will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Robert Ware "Bob" Dennard went home to God on Sunday, February 21, 2016, after a hard-fought battle against cancer. His final moments were peaceful and were spent with his loving wife and sons. Bob loved life, and he was filled with a bright sense of humor and joyous spirit.
Bob is survived by his wife, Barb Dennard, Sturgis; sons, Chad R. Sturgis, and Colby J. (Kim), Columbus, MT; grandchildren, Cayo W., Serenity J., Aidyn J., Chloe D., and Brenna A.; brothers, Mike, Raleigh, NC, and Tim (Christine), Raleigh, NC; in-laws, Leland L. & Virginia M. DePriest, Los Cruces, NM; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and many friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, George Herbert and Dove Ware Dennard.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 26, 2016, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the South Dakota Child Identification Program or the Realtors for Kids Program.

 

     
   
     

Cynthia Ann Edison

April 23, 1934 - February 19, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2016

 

Cynthia "Cindy" Ann Edison was born April 23, 1934, to Harry and Effie (Vermeer) Stientjes in Boyden, IA, and grew up on the family farm in Doon, IA.
She knew from the time she was 12 years old that she wanted to be a nurse. She attended the School of Nursing at Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City, IA, and became an RN. She met her husband, Robert Edison, at the State Hospital in Yankton where they both began their careers in mental health. Bob was a psychiatric social worker and Cindy was a psychiatric nurse. They married on September 1, 1955, in Doon, IA. Cindy found true meaning in her work and loved nursing all of her life. She worked at the State Hospital in Yankton, McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, Brookings Hospital in Brookings, SD, the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown, ND, and retired from her last position at Ft. Meade in Sturgis, SD, in 2001. She loved teaching nursing students.
Bob and Cindy retired in Sturgis and were very active at Grace Lutheran Church and the Meade County Senior Center. Cindy loved to sing and was in church choirs throughout her life. She loved sewing of all kinds and we have many of her creations. She made quilt tops for the church and was a tireless servant of God and the church. She truly loved people and made an impact on countless lives wherever she went with her love, faith, and her goodness.
In earlier years, Bob and Cindy enjoyed camping adventures to the West with the family. Cindy loved hiking in the Black Hills and was still out on the trails until the last year or so despite having Parkinson's disease. As a nurse, she was able to study the disease and educated herself and others on how one can cope with and best manage Parkinson's disease. She led the Parkinson's Support Group in Sturgis for many years. She believed in getting out of a chair to do something and was always on the move. She never complained and never let Parkinson's rule her life. She took pride in educating herself on investments and was always interested in the stock market. She was an avid Twins baseball fan, a faithful pancake server for the church during the Sturgis Rally, and enjoyed many trips to Yellowstone and Lake Superior in later years. She loved the color red and we will think of her when we see anything red. She would like that. She loved her family. Her passing signifies the end of Bob and Cindy here on earth, but they both will live on in with those of us who loved them and we thank them both for all they did for us and what they meant to us. We will miss you mom. Now you can finally rest and your teaching is done.
Cindy, 81, died Friday, February 19, 2016, at Prairie Hills nursing home in Rapid City.
Cindy is survived by her children, Sandra (Robert) Littrell of Rapid City, Natalie (Dennis) Eslinger of Rapid City, Kirk (Annette) Edison of Sioux Falls, and Heidi Edison of Rapid City; 6 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harlan (Marcia) Stientjes of Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her parents; her brother, Ted; and her sister, Esther.
Funeral services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. The viewing will precede the service at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

 

     
   
     

Jordice Mae Leaver

August 7, 1938 - February 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.

 

Jordice, 5th child of Marine and Alta Aker, was born August 7, 1938, in Des Lacs, ND. Jordice attended elementary school in rural Des Lacs until the age of 12. She then moved with Marine and Alta to Rapid City where she continued her elementary education at the spring creek school 5 miles south of Rapid City. During this time, Jordice stayed with her uncle, Elmer and Geraldine Peterson, who lived on Spring Creek. Jordice started high school at the Cathedral in Rapid City until her sophomore year. She then moved to Vale and lived with her brother, Dean, and his wife, Code, and attended the Vale High School. In September of 1954, Dean, Code, and their family moved back to Rapid City. In order to finish school in Vale, Jordice stayed with Charles and Bernice Grant who lived in Vale. Jordice graduated from Vale High School in 1956.
On August 31, 1958, Jordice married Duane Arnold Leaver in Rapid City at the Zion Lutheran Church. Duane was enlisted in the USMC and was stationed at Twenty-Nine Palms, CA. After their wedding, they moved to Twenty-Nine Palms. They also lived in Oceanside, CA, and on April 19, 1971, Duane, Jordice and their three sons moved back to Rapid City.
Jordice worked at the Bennett-Clarkson Hospital in Rapid City until she moved to Whitewood, SD, in the summer of 1972. Jordice then went to work for Sturgis Regional Hospital. In January of 1973, she had a daughter, Tammy Lynn. Jordice started working at Sandstone Manor Assisted Living in 1999. She retired several times. HA HA! She fully retired 3 years ago and was living in Whitewood with her daughter, Tammy, and son-in-law, Rich, and their family at the time of her death. On November 8, 2001, her husband, Duane, died and is buried at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Jordice Mae Leaver, died Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Jordice and Duane had 4 children; Doug (Kelly) Leaver, Sioux Falls, Kenny (Sherry) Leaver, Whitewood, Michael Leaver, Whitewood, and Tammy (Rich) Colvin, Whitewood; nine grandchildren, William, Nick, Samantha, Dylon, Cody, Kelsey, Jayme, Kevin, and Jenny; and five great-grandchildren, Hayden, Julian, Gavin, Serenity, and Samuel.
A special thank you to Samantha for all of the love and care and being with Jordice until the very end. Grandma appreciated it! We Love You Mom! You were our rock!
She is preceded in death by her parents, Marine and Alta; her husband, Duane; four brothers, Merlyn, Virgil, Dean, and Jim; and one sister, Eunice.
A Memorial Service will be held at Friday, February 19, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood, SD, with Pastor David Baer officiating. A Private Family Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery alongside her beloved husband
Duane before services.

 

     
   
     

Mary M. Millard

September 14, 1920 - February 9, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.

 

Mary was born Sept. 14, 1920, in Basset County, NE.
Mary M. Millard, 95, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Berry Unit.
Mary is survived by her friend and caretaker of 42 years, Antje Gray of Black Hawk, SD.
Memorial Service will be Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, South Dakota. An Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Celinda RoseTraversie

April 20, 1928 - January 31, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am, Saturday, February 6, 2016

 

Celinda was born April 20, 1928, in White Horse, SD, to Theophile “T.O.” and Lily (Jewett) Traversie. She grew up with eleven brothers and sisters on the old Traversie ranch, located between Timber Lake and Eagle Butte. Celinda was the great-great-granddaughter of Chief War Eagle. Her father was the son of Mary Bruguier (married to Paul Traversie) who descended from Blazing Cloud, who was the daughter of Chief War Eagle. Celinda attended Timber Lake Public Schools (the first Indian family to attend that school), after attempts to force parents to send their children to Cheyenne River Boarding School.
Celinda traveled to most of the 50 states before obtaining her nursing degree from Union College in Lincoln, NE, in 1952. She began her nursing career in 1958 at the Old Cheyenne River Agency Hospital, retiring from nursing in January of 1997, after almost 40 years at the Pine Ridge and Eagle Butte Hospitals. She lived in Eagle Butte at the time of her retirement with her son, Kyle, but shortly afterward, moved to a home near the old ranch where she lived up until the time of her passing at the Eagle Butte I.H.S. Hospital on January 31, 2016.
Celinda enjoyed old western movies and TV shows, country western music and concerts, spending time with her family, especially her grandson, Kason Kyle Traversie, and attending church when she could. She loved the open countryside, and in her younger days, loved to go horseback riding.
Survivors include her son, Kyle Paul (Tracy) Traversie; grandson, Kason Kyle Traversie; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was loved by everyone and will be dearly missed, especially by her son, Kyle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theophile and Lily; her brothers, Charles Traversie, Orville Traversie, Theophile Traversie, and Arlis Traversie (died in infancy); sisters, Irene Marshall, Naomi Mountford, Eugenia Iron Mocassin, Delma Traversie, Cyrinthia LeCompte, Violet Rosales, Vivian Sampson, and Georgelyn Sampson; and a grandson, Mason Handboy.
Funeral services for Celinda Rose Traversie, 87, of Eagle Butte, will be Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eagle Butte. Meet at the 2-mile Jct. at 4:00 p.m. Friday, to process to the church for wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be at Green Grass Cemetery. Arrangements are with Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Rudolph Lee Henning

January 18, 1940 - January 24, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Rudolf Lee Henning, son of Effie (Burggraaff) Henning and Robert Henning was born in Boyden, IA, January 18, 1940. He lived his youth in Boyden, IA, and received his education at the Boyden Community School. As a boy, Rudy worked on his Uncle Rich Burggraaff’s farm outside of Boyden and also at the Farmers’ Coop Grain Elevator while he attended school.
After graduating from high school, he took a position with Tower Construction Company traveling the United States building microwave towers (stacking steel). After a few years of traveling, Rudy found work as a heavy equipment operator in order to stay closer to home and family. He married Linda Kay Glazier on March 8, 1963, and to this marriage, five children were born.
In 1967, Rudy started a livestock and farming operation. Along with this, in 1969, he started a company called Henning Distributing Company which distributed baking supplies to bakeries. In 1977, Rudy discontinued farming and the family moved to a home in Sheldon, IA. In 1981, Rudy sold the distributing company and in 1983, he moved to Whitewood, SD, where he started a company selling and shipping wood shavings along with logging in the Blacks Hills of South Dakota. In 1985, Rudy started a scrap iron company working with his son, Robert. In 1989, Rudy started running heavy equipment for Blattner Construction working with his son, Robert, and his son-in-law, Scott. Rudy did a lot of other things such as running a ranch in Faith, driving truck, and others too numerous to mention. In his retirement years, he thoroughly enjoyed working for MB Enterprises/Bradley Storage in Sturgis, SD.
Rudy was a very hard worker and enjoyed his life. He worked hard and played hard. He started several businesses and had a very diverse work and business history. Rudy loved horses, dogs, and all animals, and he shared that love with his family. Rudy thoroughly loved horses and taught all his children to ride and enjoy horses.
Rudy, 76, died at his home after battling cancer in Sturgis, SD, on Sunday, January 24, 2016, with his five kids at his side.
He leaves behind his five children; daughter, Anita Sorensen and husband, Scott, from Irene, SD; son, Robert Henning from Roundup, MT; daughter, Sally Henning from Lead, SD; daughter, Katherine Henning Newland from Paonia, CO; daughter, Melinda Scheurer and husband, Michael, from Nicollet, MN; his ex-wife, Linda Glazier Henning from Wakonda, SD; two brothers, Len Henning and wife, Pat, from Kingsburg, CA, and Jim Henning and wife, DeAnna, from Sioux City, IA; eight grandchildren, Zane Sorensen and wife, Jackie, Zachary Sorensen and Dani, Tucker Sorensen and Danielle, Riley Henning, Shayla Davidson, Clarissa Davidson, Alyssa Washburn and Aaron, Alexis Newland, Micah Armstrong and Samantha Scheurer; three great-grandchildren, Caide Washburn, Eli Washburn, and Bennett Sorensen; his aunt, Wilminia "Minnie" Kooiker from Sheldon, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rudy also leaves behind many good lifetime friends and recent friends from the Black Hills. A special thank you from the family goes to Marty Ennis for looking out for "Dad" and helping him when he was so sick.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Robert; infant nephew, Travis; infant granddaughter, Savannah; and five cousins.
Rudy was loved and will be missed. Please join us for a celebration of Rudy's life to be held at Hale Hall in Whitewood, SD, on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Cards can be mailed to Family of Rudolf Lee Henning, 3001 Lazelle Street Lot 26, Sturgis,

 

     
   
     

Glen "Jack" Hubbard

January 12, 1925 - January 26, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, February 1, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Glen Erwin "Jack" Hubbard, 91, Sturgis, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 31, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 1, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.
Jack was born January 12, 1925, at Draper, SD, to Harvey and Hilda (Dewey) Hubbard. The family moved to Vale, SD, in 1935, where they lived for a few years before moving to a farm north of Vale. Jack attended school in Vale.
Jack married Anna Belle Reid on June 30, 1949, in Belle Fourche, SD. He worked in a lumber yard in Kadoka where Ann taught school. Jack and Ann then moved backed to Belle Fourche and began many business ventures. They moved to California for about six or seven years and came back where he owned a salvage yard in Belle Fourche, trailer courts in Spearfish and Belle Fourche, a trucking company and storage units in Belle Fourche, and he bought and sold, cattle, horses, and sheep (but, mostly horses). Jack contracted Guillain-Barre' Syndrome 35 years ago. It slowed him down but never stopped him. Jack was a great story teller and will be remembered for all his tales.
Survivors include a special niece and her husband, Rene and John Rhynard, Newell; brothers-in-law, Lester (Marie) Reid, Nisland, Ray (Diane) Reid, Belle Fourche, and Howard (Rosie) Reid, Belle Fourche; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ann; and siblings, Gene (Mildred) Hubbard, Jerry Hubbard, Dena (Robert) Donahey, Dora (Harvey) Reid, and Betty (Mike) Butler.
A memorial has been established to the Sturgis Ambulance Service.

 

     
   
     

David Alan Mattox

February 19, 1956 - January 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

1:00 - 3:00 pm viewing Friday, January 29, 2016

 

David was born February 19, 1956, to James and Carolyn (Isely) Mattox and raised in Deadwood, SD and graduated from Lead-Deadwood High School in 1974. He graduated from the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD, and was employed as a Senior Electrical Engineer at TSP in Rapid City at the time of his death.
David was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family, especially his 3-year-old grandson, Henry. He enjoyed reading, all things electronic, skiing, swimming, and many other outdoor activities. David was a deeply spiritual person who had a deep respect and reverence for life. Any creatures that ventured indoors would be gently gathered and returned to the outdoors to find more suitable accommodations.
Please join us in remembering David Alan Mattox of Sturgis, SD, who died suddenly in a skiing accident near Basin, WY, on Saturday, January 23, 2016. David is survived by his wife, Deanna (Scherer) Mattox; son, Zachary Mattox; daughter, Zarah Mattox; son-in-law, Jeff Johnson; grandson, Henry David Johnson; stepfather, Jim Sayre; brother, John Mattox; sister, Cindy and her husband, Mike Rappana; brother Rob and his wife, April Mattox; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. James Mattox and wife, Olivia; and by his mother, Caroline (Isely) Sayre.
On Friday January 29th in Sturgis, SD, there will be a private viewing for family at Kinkade Funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a public viewing from 1 to 3 p.m. and a celebration of life at the VFW from 3 to 5 PM. An outdoor Celebration of Life for family and close friends is planned for Saturday beginning at noon at his brother Rob’s home located at 12007 Coyote Ridge Road, Deadwood SD. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

 

     
   
     

David Clifton Shepherd

September 3, 1947 - January 19, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 1:30 pm

 


David Clifton Shepherd was the first of two boys born to Clifton and Alice (Albrook) Shepherd. David was born September 3, 1947, and Richard, December 9, 1955.
David was a cheerful and energetic teenager. He was very patriotic, and was proud of his extensive airplane model collection of World War II and 1950’s and 60’s fighter planes. David attended school in Rapid City where he played football at Central High School. After graduating in 1965, he attended school for auto mechanics, and sold Fuller Brush products. He remained single and without children all his life.
As a young adult, David suffered a head injury, and despite many social challenges, continued to improve himself. He studied the Bible enthusiastically and listened to a variety of theological radio programs in later years until his passing at Sturgis Regional Care, Sturgis, SD, on January 19, 2016, at the age of 68.
David is survived by his brother, Richard (Bonnie) Shepherd of Holdrege, Nebraska, along with several cousins, nieces, and nephews living in the Rapid City area and other relatives living in central Iowa.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Evening Light Tabernacle, 232 E. Adams St., Rapid City, SD. Interment will be on Monday, January 25, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., at Pine Lawn Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD.

 

     
   
     

Evelyn F. Anderson

December 12, 1924 - January 17, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

 

Evelyn "Evie" Anderson was born December 12, 1924, to John and Johanna Flanagan at Alexandria, SD, the 12th of 13 children. She began a nursing career during the 2nd World War at Fort Carson, CO, and worked most of her career at the Fort Meade Veterans Hospital, retiring after 37 years of service.
Evelyn was united in marriage to Ervin Anderson on July 19, 1947, in Howard, SD. Together, they raised three children, Karen (Tom) Husband of Johnson Siding, SD, Alan (Susan) Anderson of Rapid City, SD, and Roger (Dawn) Anderson of Longmont, CO.
Evelyn, 91, Sturgis, died Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital after a series of illnesses.
She is survived by her children; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 pretty good grandchildren; and one great-grandchild on the way. She was preceded in passing by her husband of 61 years; her parents; and all 12 of her brothers and sisters.
Evelyn was easy to love, a gentle spirit, strong in her faith, pretty handy in a bridge game, and loved to talk sports and politics. She was a very special person in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., January 22, with vigil services beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Monday, January 25, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Harlan W. Schild

March 25, 1924 - January 14, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Harlan W. Schild was born on March 25, 1924, in Fort Collins, CO, the eldest of 4 sons of Henry and Eva Schild. He attended country schools in Colorado and graduated from Windsor High School as salutatorian in 1942. He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1944 and served overseas during World War II until being discharged in 1946. Upon returning home, he was engaged with the family farm until he went to Greenland and worked for Peter Kiewit Sons Construction for 8 years. In 1966, he graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, followed by Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, IL, for 2 years. He graduated with a Master's Degree in History and International Relations from New Mexico Highlands University in 1969. He married Lena Dassenko on September 7, 1968, and they moved to Sturgis in 1971. He returned to farming for a number of years followed by becoming an Independent Sales Distributor for Harper Industrial Brush.
Harlan, 91, Sturgis, passed on to his eternal home on Thursday, January 14, 2016, while residing at Hospice House in Rapid City.
He is survived by his brother, Richard (Dorothy) Schild; sister-in-law, Marlene Schild Cockroft; and brother-in-law, Ivan Dassenko.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Lena; and brothers, Wilbur and Raymond.
Harlan will always be remembered for the love he showed his numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and his strong Christian faith.
Funeral services will be at Zion Lutheran Church, 4550 US-16, Rapid City, on Friday, January 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Burial with military honors will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be made to: Zion Lutheran Church building fund, or Rapid City Regional Hospice, in care of Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Ave., Sturgis, SD 57785.

 

     
   
     

Raymond Laverne Hanzlik

January 14, 1929 - January 10, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1:00p.m.

 

Raymond Laverne Hanzlik was born January 14, 1929, in Sturgis, SD, the second of 5 children, to Charles and Marilla (Shuck) Hanzlik. As a young child, the family lived for a time in Idaho, moving back to Meade County in 1938. They lived in Sturgis where he attended school until their family moved to Sulphur Creek, not far from his grandparents, where he attended Squaw Butte School through the 8th grade. He married Frances A. Moelter on June 3, 1952, at Opal, SD. Together, they raised sheep and cattle and ranched on Sulphur Creek until they moved to Sturgis in 2009 due to health reasons.
Ray was a true "Cowboy" at heart. He loved his horses and cattle, and was an accomplished horseman. He was a cowboy poet and attended many functions all over the country. Ray enjoyed leather crafting and was a wonderful father and grandfather.
Ray, 86, Sturgis, died Sunday, January 10, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Ray is survived by his wife, Frances Hanzlik, Sturgis; four sons, Robert (Maureen) Hanzlik, Mud Butte, Tater Hanzlik, Gillette, WY, Norman (Theresa) Hanzlik, Union Center, and Maurice (Shirley) Hanzlik, Winnemucca, NV; two daughters, Christi (Dennis) Gregersen, Gillette, WY, and Janette Collins, Gillette, WY; 12 grandchildren, Heath, Clinton, and Lindsy Hanzlik, Dana Sparks, Trinity Neno, Heidie Jasiak, Todd Hanzlik, Michael Hanzlik, Brittny Hanzlik, Niesha Hanzlik, Cindy Collins, and Colleen Collins; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Darwin; brothers, Eugene "Gene," Orville "Orrie," and Wayne; one sister, LaVonne Remington; one son, Frank Hanzlik; and one granddaughter, Charity Collins.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday January 14, 2016, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairpoint Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Enning Fire Department, Rural Meade Ambulance Service, and the Fairpoint Cemetery Board.

 

     
   
     

Myrna Rachel Ruby Harwood

January 5, 1911 - January 3, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2 p.m. Wednesday, Boneita Springs Cemetery

 

Myrna Rachael Ruby Harwood , along with her twin brother Myrun, was born at the family homestead on the Harwood Flat near Boneita Springs, SD, on January 5, 1911. She attended Hope Elementary School on the Harwood Flat and then Sturgis High School, graduating in 1928. She subsequently attended Black Hills Teacher’s College where she earned her first grade Teacher’s Certificate.
Myrna taught school for 3 years at rural schools. One of those schools was the Strong School located on the prairie south of Union Center. One winter day, Myrna had the wisdom to not allow any of the children to go home at the end of the day when a blizzard appeared imminent. She instead kept the children, bringing a large supply of coal into the school house, in preparation for spending the night. Sure enough, a howling blizzard raged all night, but abated by morning when the children’s parents came to take them home. She subsequently gave up her teaching career to live at home as a caretaker for her father. In the early 1950’s, she and her father moved from the farm to a new home on west Deadwood Avenue in Sturgis, where she continued to care for her father. She also found time to work as a desk clerk at the Fruth Hotel, she then began working as an aid and later as a receptionist at the Sturgis Community Memorial Hospital where she worked for approximately 20 years. Myrna never learned to drive a car, so she walked to and from work every day regardless of the weather, giving testament to her tough pioneer spirit and her dedication. After retiring from work at the hospital, she continued to keep herself busy with babysitting for family and friends, and with her hobby of gardening and raising flowers.
Myrna of Sturgis passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016, at the Massa Unit of the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center. She was 104 years old, just 2 days short of her 105th birthday.
Myrna never married and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Myrna was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, three sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Committal services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at the Boneita Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Boneita Springs Church or the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Howard Charles Ingalls

March 27, 1937 - December 22, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 11:00 am

 

Howard Charles Ingalls, 78, of Opal, SD, died December 22, 2015, in Opal.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center. Private family burial will be at a later date.
Howard was born March 27, 1937, to Walter and Margery (Bowlby) Ingalls on the ranch near Opal, SD. He attended rural grade school at Royal Center. Howard spent his young adult life working for numerous neighbors as a ranch hand and then road construction on Hwy 24 (Hwy 34 today) and Hwy 212 as a truck driver.
In 1957, he went into partnership with his parents and brother, Marlin, on the ranch until the late 1960’s. On June 1, 1958, he married Kathleen “Kay” Simons in Sturgis. The couple lived on the home–place and started their family (consisting of Rita, Rodney and Robert). In 1997, they formed a partnership with their sons, Rodney and Robert, continuing to raise their Angus cattle herd, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Howard thoroughly enjoyed breaking horses and his hobby was hard work, done to the best of his ability.
Howard is survived by his wife of almost 57 years, Kathleen “Kay” Ingalls; daughter, Rita (Roch) Bestgen; sons, Rodney (Tracy) Ingalls and Robert (JoDee) Ingalls; 38 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a brother, Marlin (Ethel) Ingalls; 3 sisters, Catherine Tifft, Faye Fees, and Ann (Teddy) Mahaffy; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; 3 grandsons; and 4 brothers-in-law.
A memorial has been established to the Opal Community Church.

 

     
   
     

Margaret E. Maddox

April 17, 1923 - December 14, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday, December 18, 2015

 

Margaret was born April 17, 1923, in St. Francis, KS, to Roland and Sarah Jane (Halley) Roberts.
Margaret was married to Dale Maddox for just short of 50 years before his passing in 1991. They lived in St. Francis, KS, Rapid City, SD, Gering, NE, Burlington, CO, and Sturgis, SD, where they purchased the Sturgis Livestock Exchange.
Margaret was a faithful member of the Methodist Church and loved her family, her home, and loved to entertain.
Margaret Ellen Maddox passed away peacefully on December 14, 2015, at Clarkson Health Care Facility in Rapid City, SD.
She is survived by her daughters, Holly (Lyle) Crowser of Rapid City, and Marsha (Chuck) Chamberlain of Bakersfield, CA; son-in-law, Jerry Achenbach, Greeley, CO; 6 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Maddox, and their daughter, Susan Achenbach.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Services are scheduled for Friday, December 18, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis, SD. Interment will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
The family would like to express our grateful appreciation to the staff of Clarkson for their skilled, compassionate, and loving care of our mom.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Clarkson Health Care in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Edmund Andrew Geffre

June 18, 1923 - December 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Edmund Andrew Geffre was born June 18, 1923, in Leola, SD, to Jacob and Barbara (Pfeiffer) Geffre.
Edmund served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and was honorably discharged November 29, 1945. Edmund met Audrey Mae Crouch in a small café in Leola, SD, later marrying on October 2, 1949, in Leola. They moved to Lead, SD, in 1950 so Edmund could start working at the Homestake Gold Mine. Over the years, they grew to a family of seven. Audrey said that each day Edmund would line up all five kids by the door and give each of them a hug and a kiss before leaving for work. After thirty-five years, he retired from Homestake. After retiring, Edmund enjoyed working in his garage, building various items with his sons-in-law, going to auctions, and fishing and hunting with his sons and grandsons. He will be deeply missed.
Edmund died December 7, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Audrey; children, Kathy (Ron) McClure, Lovell, WY, Linda (Joe) Weiers, Rapid City, Richard, St. Onge, Randel, Wright, WY, and Lisa Magelky, Sturgis: 9 grandchildren: 21 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granchild, and other extended family.
Edmund was preceded in death by 6 siblings and 1grandson, Eric.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral Services for Edmund will be Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Rev. Willard Olsen officiating.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Judy Bauer

March 8, 1939 - December 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Service will be held at a later date

 

Judith Anne Bauer, born and raised in Deadwood, S.D., was the fifth-born of the eight children of Paul and Mary Jane Hudson. She also lived in New Mexico, Atlanta, Titusville, Fla., and the Phoenix area.
Although Judy lived much of her life in the Black Hills, she was drawn to the Southwest, where she lived for a while with an older sister and loved to ride horses. As a young, single mother, Judy worked as a waitress and a bartender at the Buffalo, Bodega and other bars for several years in Deadwood. She also worked at F.L. Thorpe and Co. in Deadwood and the Alco store in Lead.
Although Judy didn’t finish high school, she was determined to complete her GED. She received her certificate the same year her oldest child graduated from high school.
Throughout her life, Judy enjoyed music, going to movies, walking in the outdoors and being around animals.
She died Monday, December 7, 2015 at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care center after a lengthy illness. She was 76. She was born March 8, 1939.
Survivors include her children, Earl Scarry of Deadwood; Judith Kohler of Denver, Colo.; and Eric Bauer of the Minneapolis area. Other survivors are three brothers, Adam Hudson of Spearfish, Bob Hudson of San Manuel, Ariz., and Danny Hudson of Port Orchard, Wash.; a sister, Dorothy Bream of Sioux Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary Jane (Cope) Hudson; two sisters, Carolyn Green and Mary Beth Elder; and a brother, Bill Hudson.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Donations can be made in Judy’s memory to the Western Hills Humane Society, http://westernhillshumanesociety.com/, 324 Industrial Drive, Spearfish, S.D., 57783.


 

     
   
     

Duane E. Lindquist

October 11, 1942 - December 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Duane was born October 11, 1942, to Arthur and Bertha (Lillegard) Lindquist in Lemmon, SD. He was the fourth of six children and the first of two sons. The family lived on a farm /ranch and the children attended a one room school for the first 8 grades. Duane graduated from Lemmon High School in 1961.
After graduation, Duane worked doing odd jobs for multiple farms and ranches in the area. Eventually he started driving mail truck from Lemmon, SD, to Aberdeen, SD, which he continued doing for 15 years.
While driving the mail route, Duane began to buy cattle and to lease hay and pasture land. When his Uncle Arthur semi-retired and moved off the family ranch, Duane leased all his uncle's pasture land and purchased his cattle. He thus became a full time farmer/rancher. He always enjoyed ranching most.
In 1982, Duane married Helen Howe in Rapid City, SD. They lived on and worked the family homestead until 2011, when the ranch was recognized as a Century Farm. At that time, Duane retired and he and Helen moved to Sturgis, SD.
Duane had a special love for his nephews and nieces. He taught many of them to operate a swather, tractor, old pickup, and other farm machinery. He also enjoyed taking many of them fishing.
Duane E. Lindquist, 73, of Sturgis died Monday, December 7, 2015, at home in the company of his wife following a long illness.
Duane is survived by his wife, Helen; four sisters, Beverly (Marvin) Bail of St. Paul, MN, Audrey Kirkpatrick of Greendale, IN, Sylvia Engle of Hettinger, ND, and Shirley Dreiske of Lemmon, SD; and 22 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Myron.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, December 10, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Kerry Prendiville officiating at St. Martin's Chapel and a 2nd service will be Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in Lemmon, SD, at the Spencer Memorial Church with Deacon Bill Dustman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials for the development and upkeep of the North Park in Lemmon, SD.

 

     
   
     

Lyle Victor Vandenberg

January 24, 1932 - December 3, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2015

 

Lyle Victor Vandenberg, 83, of Deadwood, SD, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on December 3, 2015, at the Black Hills VA Health Care Facility in the hospice unit at Fort Meade, SD.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial with military honors will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Lyle was born January 24, 1932, to Gertie (Brandt) and Cornelies VanDenBerg in Lodgepole, SD. He attended grade school in Perkins County, SD, and graduated from high school in Lead, SD, in 1951. He then enlisted in the U.S. Airforce and served during the Korean War until he was honorably discharged in 1955.
Lyle married Helen (Aijala) on February 13, 1954, and they had 8 children. He worked as a machinist in the aerospace industry for several years in California and moved to South Dakota in 1975 where he worked for Karns Machine in Central City, SD, until retirement in 1998. He was a highly regarded machinist during his career and was also a lifetime member of the V.F.W.
Lyle loved camping, fishing, and traveling in their motorhome before having to slow down for health reasons. During his later years, he enjoyed watching the wildlife and visiting with family and friends at his home in Grizzly Gulch. His family always enjoyed hearing stories of his childhood.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Duane Vandenberg, Jeff (Nancy) Vandenberg, Gary (Toni) Vandenberg, and Dale Vandenberg; daughters, Janet Peck, Diane (Rick) Bracha, and Mona Reiling; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Herman (Ruby) VanDenBerg; sister, Ella (Vic) Heppler; and special friends, Bob Keller, Chad Jacobs, and many others.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters; 1 brother; 1 son-in-law, Gary Peck; and his beloved daughter, Doreen.
A memorial has been established to the Deadwood VFW.

 

     
   
     

Gladys Laverne Satterlee

March 13, 1921 - December 1, 1921

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015

 

Gladys Bonham Satterlee was born in Decatur, IL, on March 13, 1921, the oldest of three daughters born to Frank and Lena Bonham. Frank also had a daughter from an earlier marriage, Dorothy, who made her part-time home with them. Gladys is preceded in death by this entire family.
Gladys met Richard Satterlee in San Francisco during WWII, and they married on November 27, 1943. Shortly thereafter, Richard was sent overseas to fight in the war and Gladys returned to her family home in Illinois to have their first baby, Katie. Richard returned from the war in October of 1945, and the young couple and their baby moved to a small farm next to the Little White River in rural South Dakota where they farmed and raised cattle with Richard’s father, Ray Satterlee, and his brother, Robert Satterlee. Four more children were born in quick succession; Beverly, Helen, Laura, and Steve. Gladys was raised a city girl, but she quickly adapted to nearly impossible circumstances. She survived in an isolated three room farmhouse with no indoor plumbing, electricity, or telephone, and a new baby every two years. She had never learned to drive, but quickly taught herself and took a few fences out in the process! Gladys had an indomitable spirit—one wonders how many young wives would have been able to thrive in those circumstances, but thrive she did, and she raised a loud, boisterous bunch of kids who loved her as did her cantankerous husband. They saw hail storms take out their crops right before harvest, they saw blizzards kill their herds, but they were both optimists and knew that the best times were yet to come.
Gladys died Tuesday, December1, 2015, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her five children, Katie Crow, Santa Cruz, CA, Beverly and Tom Collins, Sherman TX, Helen and Jim Choate, Broken Arrow, OK, Laura and Randy Horn, Lees Summit, MO, and Steve and Kathleen Satterlee, Whitewood, SD; 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Gladys was the original pioneer woman and her legacy of optimism and resiliency lives on.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 2009, and moved to an assisted living facility where she has been until her recent passing.
Visitation will be noon until time of services at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Saturday.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Randy Horn officiating. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 7, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friends may gather at the funeral chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Donald Lee Hagen

February 17, 1963 - November 24, 2015

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Donald Lee Hagen was born February 17, 1963 in Orange County, California to Charles E. and Juanita M. (Wyatt) Hagen. He was raised and educated in Timber Lake, South Dakota.
Donald worked as a handyman and had also worked as a house mover with Black Hills House Moving. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, gaming and spending time with his family.
Donald Lee Hagen, 52, of Box Elder, SD, passed away November 24, 2015 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Those left to mourn his passing include his long-time companion, Debora Fletcher; daughter, Cammie A. Hagen (Mike); sons, Brian (Linda) Fletcher and Andrew (Ami) Fletcher; sisters, Anna Shark and Loretta Richardson; brothers, Michael Hagen and Dennis Hagen; 8 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; Diesel, Max and all his friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack Hagen and Charles E. Hagen II.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

     
   
     

Gloria J. (Bunney) Dahlberg

July 27, 1944 - November 22, 2015

 

Service to be held:

None at her request

 

Gloria was born to Frederick and Agnes (Whalen) Bunney on July 27th, 1944, in Belle Fourche, SD. Gloria married Dennis Dahlberg and to this union two sons were born, Dennis and Justin.
Gloria spent many years as a nurse in the VA hospitals until her retirement.
Gloria Dahlberg, age 71, passed away Sunday morning, November 22, 2015, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center in Belle Fourche, SD.
Gloria is survived by her sons; Dennis Dahlberg of Black Hawk, SD and Justin (Barbara) Dahlberg of Williamsburg, Virginia; grandchildren Cain and Emily Dahlberg, sister Lynette (Ed) Culver, Newell, SD, brothers Marjoe (Cathy) Bunney, Las Vegas, NV, Michael (Janelle) Bunney Rosemount, MN, Monte (Lina) Bunney, Las Vegas, NV, Marlon (Barbara) Bunney, Rapid City, SD, and step-mother Margery Bunney, Spearfish, SD., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband Dennis Dahlberg, her parents, twin brother Ronald Bunney, and infant brother Frederick Bunney.
Inurnment will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery. As per Gloria's wishes, there will be no memorial services.

 

     
   
     

Serola "Sammi" Davis

November 28, 1941 - November 12, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Celebration of Life June, 2016

 

Sammi was born November 28, 1941, in Belle Fourche, SD, to Truman and Margaret (Hardy) Plattner. She was raised in Belle Fourche and graduated from Belle Fourche High School.
Sammi married the love of her life, Doug Davis, on October 29, 1960. They lived in Belle Fourche and were blessed with two daughters, Robyn and Rozelle.
After Doug was tragically taken from her, she started working as a bartender and tended bar for 25 years. Sammi worked other jobs, but bartending was her favorite because she got to meet so many people.
Sammi enjoyed flower gardening, ceramics, reading mysteries, and watching her favorite TV show, NCIS. She was an avid football fan and a die-hard Raiders fan, but watched all the games. She also loved the Clydesdale horses.
Sammi was a fiery redhead that everyone thought was a "pistol." But, everyone that knew her thought she was a "double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun."
Serola S. "Sammi" Davis, 73, Gillette, WY, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Hospice of Campbell County in Gillette.
She is survived by her two daughters, Robin Davis, Gillette, WY, and Rozelle Davis, Phoenix, AZ; four grandchildren she called her little people, Tara (Karl) Lefever, Tyler Norskog, Robby (Nicole) Green, and Reesa Green; four great-grandchildren she called the wee ones; and her main man and special cat, Raider.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug; and a grandson, Randy Green.
A celebration of Sammi's life will be held at Sand Creek in Beulah, WY, in June 2016.
A memorial has been established to the Animal Shelter in Gillette.

 

     
   
     

Patricia Anne Bachand

November 10, 1930 - November 11, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, November 16, at 10:00 am at St. Martin's Chapel

 

Patricia A. Bachand was born in Lead, SD, at St. Joseph’s Hospital on November 10, 1930, to Ed and Anne (Charnesky) Bachand. She spent her early childhood on the original homestead at Spring Creek in Bear Butte Valley. Following the death of her father, the family moved to Sturgis where she spent the rest of her days.
Patsy attended St. Martin's Academy and graduated in 1948. She continued her education at National College of Business before heading off to work at Ft. Meade Hospital. She worked as a secretary for the administration office as well as the social service department until her early retirement in 1971.
Sturgis was home for Patsy, however, she traveled the world over in the company of her siblings, Marilyn and Bruce. They all had a love for travel and the adventures it would offer them, touring 18 countries in Europe, the Holy Lands, New Zealand, Australia, and most of the 50 states. She was always happy to return home to her beloved mother whom she took great care. Not only was Patsy loyal to her mother and family, but also to our Lord, and the Catholic Church. Patsy never married and devoted herself to her holy devotion.
Patsy enjoyed playing cards after Sunday meals with her family, fishing, camping, and hiking. She also was an exceptional cook and pianist not to mention, a "step-in-mother" for her sister's children. Patsy had many attributes and touched many lives.
Patsy passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at the age of 85 at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Survivors include brother, Bruce Bachand of Connecticut; nieces, Dea (Bachand) Meyer and husband, Tim, of Santa Paula, CA; Stephanie (Bachand) Condon and husband, Gene, of Millersville, MD; Tammi (Bachand) Dunlap and husband, Dave, of Old Saybrook, CT; Nanci (Bachand) Williams and husband, Joe, of Madison, TN; and Becky (Nona) Townsend and husband, Rob, of Snohomish, WA; nephews, Doug Bachand and wife, Renae, of Fredericksburg, VA; Mike Nona of Spearfish,and many great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Anne Bachand; and her sister, Marilyn (Bachand) Nona.
Visitation will begin Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with a rosary beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, November 16, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Martin's Chapel with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to St. Martin's Chapel.

 

     
   
     

LaVonne A. Holland

February 27, 1924 - November 2, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, November 6, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

 

LaVonne Ardelle (Casper) Holland, 91, died peacefully at home Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. She was born Feb, 27, 1924, on a farm near Lake Preston to Arthur and Agnes (Petersen) Casper.
She attended and graduated from Oldham High School in 1941.
LaVonne later moved to Sioux Falls where she worked in an office job at Lakeside Dairy for $64 a month. It was there that she met her future husband, Robert "Bob" Holland, on a blind date. They were married on June 2, 1946, and moved to Sturgis in October 1946. She had lived in Sturgis since.
LaVonne began working at Montana Dakota Utilities in Sturgis in 1947 and worked there until just before the birth of the couple's daughter, Catherine, in 1950. They welcomed a son, James, in 1956. She remained home serving as wife and mother until 1968, when she returned to work at MDU.
She and Bob decided to build a new home at 1639 Fulton and moved there in 1966. "I have thoroughly enjoyed this house, and I think everybody else has too. It isn't a fancy house, but it is a comfortable house," she said in an interview.
LaVonne loved to cook and bake. Her family waited all year to enjoy her lefse during the holidays. Making lefse was truly a labor of love because it was a days-long delicate process. Several years ago, she spent a day sharing her lefse making skills with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed embroidery and crocheting, sharing afghans with family and friends.
LaVonne cherished her children and grandchildren. “If I were to offer all of life's wisdom to my grandchildren, I would say, 'be yourself,'" she said. "Don't try to be somebody you're not. And don't get so tied up in activities that you become a robot to the world. Take time to enjoy the beauty that you see around you. Enjoy life whenever you can."
LaVonne lived that philosophy to the end. She, her daughter, Cathy, and son-in-law, Mike, had gone on a picnic in the Black Hills on Sunday.
She was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church of Sturgis and active in the Martha Circle.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Mike Hafner of Sturgis; her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Deb Holland of Sturgis; grandchildren, Chris and Leigh Hafner, Sophia and Jackson, Seattle, WA, Amy Hafner, Atlanta, GA, Aaron and Elizabeth Holland, Aurora, CO, and Matthew Holland, Brookings; a brother, Warren and Carolyn Casper, Lake Preston; a sister-in-law, Ruth Casper, Madison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; a brother, Wallace; a sister, Lila; and four sons in infancy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church, with Rev. Henrique Fleming and Randy Bradley officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the "LaVonne Holland Memorial Fund" and will be distrbuted to the following, Grace Lutheran Martha's Circle, Sturgis Public Library children's section and Sturgis Bereavement Support Group.

 

     
   
     

Linda Sue Hawley

February 7, 1949 - November 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Linda Sue Hawley, 66, of Belle Fourche, SD, passed away November 1, 2015, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 4, at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.
Linda was born February 7, 1949, in Marysville, KS, to Francis and Rhevay (Harris) Stirrat. While still a baby, the family moved to Alliance, NE, then to Bridgeport, NE, and to Deadwood, SD, when Linda was 10. For a time, the family lived in Hot Springs before moving to Sturgis where Linda graduated from Sturgis High School in 1967.
Linda married Jerry Hawley on December 29, 1967, at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. While Jerry was serving the U.S. Army, they lived for a time in Ft. Meade, MD, and after his discharge in 1969, moved back to Sturgis.
Linda worked for F. L. Thorpe making Black Hills Gold Jewelry, at OEM Worldwide in the warehouse, and later at Pamida in Belle Fourche as a cashier.
Linda enjoyed cross stitch, crocheting and knitting, and had a big heart for animals, especially dogs. Above all, Linda loved her family. In her later years, after her health declined, she especially enjoyed keeping in touch with all her loved ones by facebook.
She will deeply missed and forever loved by her husband of almost 48 years, Jerry of Belle Fourche; sons, James and Mathew, both of Belle Fourche; brother, Ronald (Jo Ann) Stirrat, Renner, SD; sisters, Janice Nequette and Jeanie (Jerry) Wood, all of Sturgis; a grandson, Richard Moore of Vancouver, WA; brothers-in-law, Richard (Donna) Hawley and Roger (Connie) Hawley; and sister-in-law, Donna Sigman.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Michelle; and granddaughter, Jessica.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Dallas Richard Blomquist

June 2, 1923 - October 19, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2015

 

Dallas Richard Blomquist, was born to Carl and Agnes (Mall) Blomquist on June 2, 1923, in Stanchfield, Minnesota.
Dallas entered the U.S. Marines in August 1942, serving in World War II. He left the service in 1945. Some of Dallas' war stories are as follows:
I remember when the Higgins boat reached the shore of Peleliu in 1944, the front ramp wouldn’t fully go down. There were too many dead and dying Marines on the beach.
I spent 28 continuous days in a foxhole. We wore our clothes and boots all the time, night and day. We wouldn’t take them off even to go to the bathroom.
I was a rifleman when we got to Guadalcanal. I stumbled upon a dead Marine who had a Browning automatic rifle. I wanted the extra fire power, so I took it. I remained a BAR man the rest of my time in the war.
Dallas married Darlene Graham March 4, 1950, making their home in Granby, Minnesota for several years, later moving to Edgewood, MN. Dallas worked for a number of years as a truck driver, hauling Ford cars and trucks before moving on to Larsen Cycle. The family moved to Piedmont, SD in 1981 where Dallas enjoyed going to auctions, where he would buy tools to clean up and resell.
Dallas Richard Blomquist, 92, died October 19, 2015 at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice of the Hills, in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Darlene Blomquist; grandchildren; Shannon Blomquist, Mitchal Blomquist, Brenna Blomquist, Jordan Blomquist; great grandchildren, Mattie and Caiah and a sister Gloria (Frank)Wysocki.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Agnes Blomquist and two sons, Dallas Richard Blomquist, Jr., and Barry Carl Blomquist.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, South Dakota with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, at 12:30 p.m. with full military honors.

 

     
   
     

Janice Ruth Hardy

October 12, 1940 - October 18, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:30 am

 

Janice Ruth Hardy, 75, died October 18, 2015 at Hospice of the Hills, Rapid City, SD.
The youngest of four children, she was born on October 12, 1940, in Sturgis, SD, to Walter and Hazel Hardy. After graduating from Sturgis HS in 1958, Janice attended the University of Denver on a full tuition scholarship to study education, communications, and speech pathology. She completed her BA and MA degrees which prepared her for a fulfilling career in speech and hearing. Janice's expertise allowed her to work in many areas of her field, and for many entities, including: Arapahoe Co. Easter Seals; Sheridan Schools and Easter Seals; Tri Co. Health with Youth Services, Migrant Council, and summer immigration camps; Sewall Rehab Center; and Cherry Creek Schools, all in Colorado. She also worked in SD for the Sioux Falls School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Sioux Falls Public Schools. For several years, Janice digressed from her field, worked in real estate and also taught classes at Metro State College of Denver. She concluded her professional career with the PERA in Colorado.
In 1988, Janice took an early retirement and began a life of travel worldwide. A lifelong learner, she treasured her experiences in other countries and made many friends along the way. She eventually embraced a life of living in Mexico six months of the year and taught English as a second language to the villagers, for nearly 22 years. She moved to Rapid City in 2011 for health reasons, but still connected with her family and friends in New Mexico, Colorado, and her beloved Mexico. Throughout her life, Janice loved reading, painting, opera, cooking, traveling, learning the Spanish language, and especially playing scrabble.
Janice is survived by her brother, Carroll (Jan) of Longmont, CO; son, Bruce (Bobette) Punches of Fredericktown, Missouri; 5 grandchildren; 4 nieces; Sharon (Jeff) Schramm, Gwen (Dennis) Varland, Jill (Bill) Bissell, Lisa (Hardy) Wynn; 1 nephew; Jay Hardy and her special caregiver, Maxine Sieler, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, LaVern and Dale; a sister-in-law, Georgene; and one nephew, Brian.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Sturgis, SD, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015. Interment will be private.
A memorial has been established in Janice's name to Hospice of the Hills, Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Edwin Joseph Wierzbicki

June 1, 1928 - October 17, 2015

 

Service to be held:

7 p.m. Tuesday October 20, 2015

 

Edwin Joseph Wierzbicki was born June 1, 1928, at Three Lakes, WI, to Joseph and Martha (Kochinski) Wierzbicki. The family moved to Goodman, WI, when Edwin was about two years of age.
Ed moved to SD in 1949 and was in dirt construction for over 65 years. He built many dams and roads in Western, South Dakota. He loved his work and passed it on to his sons. Ed had a great affinity for nature and a special gift for nurturing animals, wild and domestic. Ed loved Polka music and kidding around with friends and family.
Ed married Geraldine Couch on July 29, 1950. To this union, six children were born.
Edwin Joseph Wierzbicki, 87, Newell, passed away at his home, Saturday morning, October 17, 2015.
Survivors include his friend and partner, Esther Blomberg; six children; Donna Wierzbicki, Belle Fourche, Ed (Sherry) Wierzbicki, Utah, Dennis Wierzbicki, Newell, Jerry (Laura) Wierzbicki, Newell, Marcia (Morgan) Strohschein, Belle Fourche, Martha Wierzbicki, Belle Fourche; four sisters, Rose (Knute) Knutson, Goodman, WI, Helen (Pete) Osterberg, Goodman, WI, Evelyn (Dale) Couch, Spearfish, SD, Lillian (Ken) Burndt, Neenah, WI; also 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. A second service will be held Saturday at Fence, WI, with the burial to follow at the Fence Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Fence Cemetery in Wisconsin.



 

     
   
     

Darren James "Bubba" Jacobsen

February 16, 1983 - October 15, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at 1:00 pm

 

Darren J.C. Jacobsen "Bubba" passed away at Rapid City Regional Hospital on October 15th, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Bubba was born February 16th, 1983 in Sturgis, SD. He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 2001, and from there, studied Graphic Arts at USD in Vermillion. He was an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and a member of The Strollers.
Bubba was a friend to anyone he met. He had a big heart and gave the best Bubba hugs. He enjoyed golfing, boating, 4-wheeling in his bronco, "The Pickle", watching football, hanging with his dog, Tonka, playing with his nieces and nephews, and listening to music. He was a natural artist and enjoyed lengthy random conversations that never led to anything productive, but gave you an insight into the mind of "The Bubs".
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Kinkade Funeral Home in Sturgis, SD. Visitation will be Saturday, October 17th from 4-8 pm at the Kinkade Funeral Home. The funeral will be held on Sunday, October 18th, 1:00 pm at the Woodle Football Field in Sturgis, SD, followed by a picnic in the park to celebrate Bubba's life. Interment will be at 5:00 p.m on Sunday at Piedmont Cemetery. The family is encouraging those who wish to attend to wear something "Bubba green", Chive, or football attire. A memorial has been established in memory of Bubba and his struggles, to aide in other's suffering in hopes of avoiding similar circumstances. Thanks to everyone for your kind words, prayers and thoughts during our time of grief.
Bubba is survived by his parents Jim and Donna Jacobsen; brothers, Dan (Stacie) Jacobsen of Piedmont, SD, & Dave (Jen) Jacobsen of Spearfish, SD; uncle, John (Becky) Morrison of Florresville, TX; cousins, Jami (Krista) Morrison of Whitewood, SD & Lacy (Adam) Elrod of Florresville, TX; nieces Madi, Ella, Jordy and Riley Jacobsen, Allie Morrison; and nephews Tommy Jacobsen, Jackson Morrison, and Khy Volk.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Dick" Garold Johnson

October 27, 1942 - October 13, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

 

Richard “Dick” Garold Johnson was born October 27, 1942 in Spearfish, SD, to Jerome and Beatrice (Parett) Johnson. He attended school in Igloo and Edgemont, moving to Sturgis and later to Rapid City. Dick enlisted in the Army Reserve in the 1960’s. He married Betty O’Neill on Dec. 21, 1968 in Box Elder, making their home in Ashland Heights. One daughter, Jessie, was born to this union.
Dick worked at various locations and positions including, Wood Span Mfg., Kenwood Mobile Home Mfg., as a school bus driver in the Douglas School System, and at Ultramax Ammunition Mfg. Dick also loved country music and played for years with The Roadmaster Band. In his spare time, Dick enjoyed being outdoors trapping, hunting and fishing. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Richard “Dick” Garold Johnson, 72, of Hill City, passed away October 13, 2015 in Rapid City.
Funeral services will be Monday, Oct. 19, at 2:00 pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis with Pastor H. Wayne Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis.
Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 18, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the funeral chapel. A memorial has been established.
The family extends an invitation to join them for fellowship and refreshment at the Rapid City American Legion Post 22, 818 E. St. Patrick St. following the burial.
Those left to mourn his passing include his wife of almost 47 years, Betty; daughter, Jessie Lichterman; grandchildren, Dawn, Derek & Dean; sisters, Rita Colvin, Ramona Johnson, Regina Thompson and Catherine Johnson; brothers, Roger, Russell, Rodney & Jerome and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome and Beatrice; a sister, Bonnie and a brother, Ronald.

 

     
   
     

Linda Darlene Ciaramita

January 4, 1946 - October 8, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2015

 

Linda Darlene Ciaramita was born January 4, 1946, in Madison, Illinois, to Lester Law and Sarah Leona (Thompson).
She married Wesley Railsback August 4, 1967. They were married for 17 years, only to separate and find each other again 22 years later.
She liked to write children's books, crochet, make jewelry, anything she could doodle with. Her and dad loved their baseball, NASCAR and of course WWE wrestling! She loved her little dog she called “Tootie”. She is spoiled as can be, but dad will take good care of her, mom. You will be missed in so many ways that I can’t start to list them all.
Linda Darlene Ciaramita, 69, Black Hawk, SD, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 8, 2015.
She is survived by her son, Lawrence (Lori) Railsback; daughters, Lisa Remington, Brenda (Tracy) Arnio, and Stacy (Arlie) Sandine; grandchildren, Michelle and Daniel Railsback, Aaron (Jade) Remington, Sarah Remington, Christina Railsback, Monica (Sam) Edlund, and Jacob and Joshua Sandine; great grandchildren, Lux, Bjorn and Trevin; sister, Karen; and niece, Leah.
Linda’s mother, Sarah L. (Thompson) Fletcher and father, Lester Law Fletcher preceded her in death.

 

     
   
     

Frederick D. Morgan

April 9, 1936 - October 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

 


Fred D. Morgan, born April 9, 1936, passed away on October 1, 2015.
Fred was born to Henry and Clara Morgan, the youngest child of 9. He was raised in the small town of Fairburn, SD.
Fred worked most of his life at the South Dakota Cement Plant in Rapid City, SD, as a crusher operator. He loved working with his hands and building things.
Fred was preceded in death by his eldest son, Freddy D. Morgan. He was loved by his family and his friends. His legacy lives on in his children, Sarah Harwood and Danny Morgan, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be missed, our father, grandfather, and our friend, but will never be forgotten.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
We ask you to join us in honoring Fred D. Morgan's memory. Funeral services will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD, on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery with full military honors.

 

     
   
     

Randy McFarland

October 23, 1949 - August 17, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, October 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Randy McFarland, 65, of Greeley, CO, passed away at NCMC on August 17, 2015. He was born October 23, 1949, to Merle Gerald McFarland and Betty Jo McFarland in Garber, OK.
Randy graduated high school from Rapid City Central High School, Rapid City, SD. He entered the U.S. Army November 28, 1969, and was honorably discharged June 9, 1972. He was a Vietnam Veteran Army Spec. 5. Randy married Juanita Popovich in 1979 and they divorced later. He worked at Central Homes Inc., Williams Scotsman Inc. and Roche Constructors. He was an avid Broncos fan. He survived the floods in Evans in 2013, losing everything and started over in Greeley.
Randy is survived by two brothers, Robby (Rebecca) of Los Osos, CA, and Brett, of Rapid City, SD; two nephews, Ben and Micah McFarland; and other extended family and friends.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Betty Jo McFarland.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday November 2, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association.

 

     
   
     

Ross F. Jordan

January 15, 1929 - September 25, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday October 2, 2015

 

Ross F. Jordan, lifetime Meade County Rancher, died peacefully at the SD Human Services Center in Yankton on Friday, September 25, 2015, at the age of 86.
He was born January 15, 1929, in Sturgis, SD, to Frederick and Olga (Hanson) Jordan. Ross rode his horse to attend grade school at Pleasant Valley and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1947. He attended college at SDSU in Brookings, SD, and Laramie College in Laramie, WY.
Ross married Bonny Lou Strong May 22, 1955. Ross and Bonny Lou were blessed with two children, Rick and Judy.
Through his life, Ross was active in SD Stockgrowers, SD Polled Hereford Association, and FHA. He was a 50 year member of the Naja Shriners and a 60 year member of the Masonic Olive Branch Lodge #47. He enjoyed snow skiing, snowmobiling, and traveling with family and friends. Ross was the third generation on his ranch. He spent his life working and improving the land and built a beautiful polled hereford cow herd. He instilled his work ethic in his children and grandchildren and his legacy will continue through them.
Ross is survived by his children, Rick (Chris) Jordan and Judy (Al) Parsons; two grandchildren, Dustin Jordan and Shannon (Kyle) Brown; and three great-grandchildren, Isaac Jordan, Christine Jordan, and Wyatt Brown.
He was proceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Bonny Lou; and his parents, Frederick and Olga Jordan.
Special thanks to the staff at the SD Human Services Center for their care, kindness and support during his time with them.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 1, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Henrique Fleming and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the SD Human Services Center.

 

     
   
     

Harold Raymond Bauer

September 20, 1913 - September 21, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, September 28, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Harold Raymond Bauer, 102, Rapid City, died Monday, September 21, 2015, at his residence in Rapid City.
Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 28, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Harold was born September 20, 1913, at Wagner, SD, to Ernest William and Bessie Viola (Shoop) Bauer. In 1919, he moved with his family to a ranch north of Marcus, SD. He attended rural school and Sturgis High School graduating in 1932. He attended Black Hills Teachers College at Spearfish where he lettered in football and received a teaching certificate. He taught for seven years in rural schools in Central Meade County.
On October 10, 1936, he married June V. Simons at Sturgis. In 1940, they moved to a ranch southeast of Enning where he and his wife operated the Bauer Angus Ranch until their retirement. He was the first president and organizer of the Black Hills Angus Association. Harold also served 16 years on the West River Electric Board including three years as President. He was an organizer of the Black Hills Egg Producers. He served several years on the local school board and 5 years on the Meade School Board. He served on the South Dakota rural electric board. Harold was active in various other community and agricultural organizations.
In 1990, he and June moved to Rapid City where Harold became active at the Canyon Lake Senior Citizens Center. After the death of his wife, Harold moved to the Alps Apartments where the many residents were like family to him.
Survivors include his sons, Kent (Sharon) Bauer and Linn (Beth) Bauer; daughters, Julee (Lyle) Steinmen and Peggy (Dan) Bourdo; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, infant son, and granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Canyon Lake Senior Citizens Center in Rapid City where Harold enjoyed endless hours of playing cards, pool, and socializing with his many friends.

 

     
   
     

Helen Marie Anderson

March 31, 1924 - September 9, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:30 pm. Monday, September 21, 2015

 

Helen Marie Ploog was born March 31, 1924, to Henry and Mayme (Ruziska) Ploog
at their country home weighing only 4 lbs., fitting in one of her Dad's hands. Helen or, "Toots"
as she was called by friends and family, went to country school not far from her home. She
attended High school in Thunder Hawk until the school was closed at the end of her junior
year. She then attended Lemmon High School staying in town during the school year and
graduated in 1941.
She met Charles Anderson in 1940. After he graduated, he went on to Mankato, ND, for a year. Helen, after graduating, went to Business College in Minneapolis as she was not old enough to attend nursing school which was her real passion. When she came home, she worked at Fort Meade in the Ordinance Department continuing to spend lots of time with Charles.
Charles and Helen were married on July 19, 1943. They lived on Charles' parents place. When Charles was drafted into the service in 1945, Helen went to live with her parents in Thunder Hawk until he returned from the war in 1946. They made their home on the Culver place.
Helen was a devoted and caring Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma.
She enjoyed cooking and baking her favorites like kolaches, homemade breads and awesome rolls. She was the best lefse maker in the county. Helen had a yard and flowers that should have been in Better Homes & Garden magazine. She loved to go dancing, bowling and golfing and was hard to beat. Helen loved making clothes for herself and her daughters, and was an avid quilter making many quilts for friends and family.
Helen, 91, Meadow, SD, died Wednesday morning, September 9, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society of Mott, ND.
She is survived by daughters, Sandy Wagner and Cindy (Leroy) Klein; one son, Tim (Merna)
Anderson; seven grandchildren, Scott and Lisa Wagner, Terry, Michael and Brian Klein, and Stacy and Cody Anderson; sixteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Charles; granddaughter, Tanya; and brother, Kenny.
Committal services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friends may gather at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis prior to leaving for the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Vincent Thomas Fitzgerald

April 23, 1927 - August 24, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Graveside Services will be 12:00 pm Monday August 31, 2015 at Black Hills National Cemetery

 

Vincent Thomas Fitzgerald, 88, Rapid City, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was born April 23, 1927, in Aberdeen, the son of Thomas and Carrie (Brueske) Fitzgerald.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1944, during World War II. He operated a Landing Ship Vehicle Personnel (LSVP) which carried 36 troops and three crewmen during the invasion of Iwo Jima. While in the Navy he became a Plank owner (which designates one who was aboard a ship when it was commissioned and de-commissioned), and a Shellback (designates one who has crossed the equator, which he did several times). He was on the ship U.S.S. Ozark when the war ended in 1945.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended college in Texas and returned to Redfield. He joined the South Dakota National Guard in 1955.
He married Marianne Eldredge in 1957.
He was a full time technician with the National Guard in Redfield, Belle Fourche and Rapid City. He retired as a technician and from the National Guard in 1989.
During his 38 years of military service, he progressed from the rank of Petty Officer Second Class in the Navy to Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the Army National Guard, earning the following awards: American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 stars, Navy Presidential Unit Citation with 1 star, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Occupation Medal (Japan), World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 stars, Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3rd award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Meritorious Service Ribbon, and the Legion of Merit.
He was a Life Member of the VFW, National Guard Association of the United States and the South Dakota National Guard Officers Association. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the 196th Regimental Combat Team Association, American Association of Retired Persons, the Military Officers Association of America, and was President of the Rapid City Yacht Club.
Survivors include his wife, Marianne Fitzgerald of Rapid City; five children, Mike and Jonna Fitzgerald of Denver, Barry Fitzgerald of Whitefish, MT, Vicki and Craig Sorenson of Deaver, WY, Jamie and Bonnie Fitzgerald of Rapid City, and Sheri and Hank Sponder of Rapid City; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Fort Meade for the compassionate care that was provided.
The family will recieve freinds at the "Coyote Den" at Camp Rapid from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015.
Graveside services will be at noon Monday, Aug. 31, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with full military honors provided by the South Dakota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team and Sturgis Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Allen Lane Adams

February 22, 1970 - August 21, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

 

The world lost a beautiful man and kind soul with the sudden passing of Allen Adams, 45, Sturgis, SD, on August 21, 2015.
Allen Lane Adams was born in Sioux Falls, SD, on February 22, 1970, to wonderful parents, Jim and Shirley (Davidson) Adams.
Early childhood was spent with his brothers and sisters and extensive family that included cousins, aunts, and uncles that spent hours together just enjoying each other's company. Just a short eleven months after Allen's birth, he was joined by his almost twin brother Joe, who became his co-heart and side kick, to be forever known as the little boys by his family, the two even had their own language for a number of years until school separated them for the first time that first year of school.
Allen graduated from Sturgis Brown High School and started his extensive work history in the painting and tape/texturing business.
He met and married Lana Culver. This would be the start of the most wonderful journey of his life, fatherhood. Allen's heart would beat a little louder and faster and his smile got a little brighter when he was with or talked about his beloved son, Trent Adams, of Pierre. Allen would brag of Trent's talents and his wonderful future to any and all that would listen.
Allen lived with his best friend the last few years, his dad, Jim Adams. The two could be found almost hooked at the hip, whether it was working side by side, hunting, or spending time with their friends and neighbors.
Allen enjoyed life to the fullest, even with the hiccups that life tried to throw his way. He is survived by his precious son, Trent Adams, who resides with his mother, Lana Culver of Pierre, SD; his father, Jim Adams of Sturgis; brother, Jim (Kathy) Adams of Whitewood; sisters, Denise Adams of Belle Fourche and Pam (Carl) Bartlett of Pierre; brother, Joe (Samantha) Adams of Sturgis; and his sister-in-law, Shari Adams of Sturgis. A good friend, Emily. His nieces, nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins were his life-line of happiness and joy.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Davidson Adams; brother, Charles Adams; and nephew, Tony Bartlett.
Allen had such a large heart for people he considered so many others, if not related by blood, but related by love, his family. Allen was a fighter of good and would drop everything at a drop of a hat to help anyone who wanted or needed it. May his heart for others in the world be filled with the memory of the incredible joy he felt for life.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

 

     
   
     

Bryan "Wily" D. Freidel

March 6, 1958 - August 15, 2015

 

Service to be held:

1 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015

 

Bryan "Wily" D. Freidel, 57, Whitewood, died Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Honor Health Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ.
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Wily was born March 6, 1958, at Mitchell, SD, to Leonard and Ramona (Schoppert) Freidel. His parents died at an early age and Wily was raised by his maternal grandparents. He grew up and went to school at Mt. Vernon, SD.
He attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for a time. He resided in Whitewood, SD, since 1976.
Wily worked at Wheeler Lumber in Whitewood, the open cut mine at Lead, as a heavy equipment operator in the logging industry, and a service technician for Montana Dakota Utilities.
He met and married Michelle Jenniges on December 26, 1996.
In 2000, Wily attended Mitchell Technical Institute and graduated in the Natural Gas field. He taught commercial driver licensing at MTI prior to returning to Whitewood and working for MDU.
Wily was an avid motorcycle rider. Wily was a strong advocate for motorcycle rights and safety. He was the founding member of the Black Hills Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. Wily was very active in promoting and organizing concerts during the 1980's for the annual Black Hills Bike Rally. He also enjoyed motorcycle racing and was a crew chief for Salt of the Earth race team at the Bonneville Salt Flats for the last several years. Wily also enjoyed scuba diving.
Wily was a teacher and perfectionist. He believed in doing things right the first time.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle, Whitewood; one uncle; and several aunts and cousins.
A memorial has been established to Sturgis Main Street Brick Project.

 

     
   
     

Vera Simons Denker

January 8, 1922 - August 17, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 1:00 PM

 

Vera Simons Denker passed into eternity August 17, 2015.
Vera was born January 8, 1922, at home to Garfield and May Simons near Enning, SD. Vera graduated from Sturgis High School in South Dakota and got her teaching certificate at Black Hills Teachers College. Vera taught at several one room schools before moving from Enning, SD, to Belle Fourche, SD.
Vera married George Denker in 1942. Together they raised one son and three daughters. They moved to Caldwell, ID, in 1967 and resided there until her death.
Survivors include one son, Gary (Arlene) Denker of Spearfish, SD; three daughters, Beverly Fowble of Caldwell, ID, Carol (Ron) Voorhees and Joyce (Kevin) Olaveson of Boise, ID; 13 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; grandson, George Denker; two sisters; and one brother.
Funeral services will be held at Flahiffs on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 1:00 PM and at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Deloris Mae Tiedemann

March 22, 1929 - August 9, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday August 14, 2015 1:00 p.m. Black Hills National Cemetery

 

Deloris Mae "Sis" Tiedemann, 86, Tioga, ND, passed away peacefully August 9, 2015, at Tioga Long Term Care Center.
Graveside services will be held Friday, August 14, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Family and friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.
Deloris was born March 22, 1929, in Lead, SD. She married Billie J. Tiedemann in 1950. He preceded her in death in 2006. She and Bill raised their family in Tioga, ND, and Gillette, WY. They moved back to Tioga in 2005.
She was a devoted mother to Marla Iverson (deceased in 2009), Corby (Pat) Tiedemann and Coty (Rick) Johnson. She was a loving grandmother to Tyler Johnson, Tori Johnson, Ryan Thornberg, and Breanna Thornberg; and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Bonita (Don) Pulse; brother, Paul (Corliss) Waterland; and sister-in-law, Marge Waterland.
She loved cross stitch, embroidery, the Denver Broncos, and spending time at Waterland family reunions.
We will forever miss her sense of humor and her determined spirit.

 

     
   
     

Timothy "Tim" Jon Farstad

April 5, 1946 - July 25, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Timothy Jon Farstad, 69, Sturgis, passed away July 25, 2015, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade. He left this earth peacefully, surrounded by his family and with his granddaughter at his side, reading him the Bible.
He was born April 5, 1946, in Bismarck, ND, to Raymond and Virginia (Simon) Farstad and grew up on the family ranch near Watauga. After graduating from McIntosh High School in 1964, he enlisted in the US Air Force. He married Alice Barr in 1967, and after his honorable discharge from the Air Force, they returned to Watauga where they farmed and ranched over the next 29 years. Tim graduated from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD, in 1985, where the family made their home for a short time. Tim was in the banking industry for 7 years at Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union in Lemmon.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Morristown, where he served on the Church Council, and was a volunteer ambulance driver for the Lemmon EMT Association. He enjoyed camping and fishing, riding horse and tending his cattle and after his retirement, loved spending time on his motorcycle. His favorite thing, however, was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
After his retirement, Tim made his home in the Black Hills area, where he lived until his death.
He is survived by two daughters, Laurie (Tom) Lorius, Sturgis, and Becky (Stephen) Bone, Rapid City; one son, Tyrell (Mallory Weimer), Gillette, WY; and five grandchildren, Allison and Amber Lorius, Sturgis, Zachary and Sophie Bone, Rapid City, and Lucas Farstad, Gillette. He is also survived by two brothers, David and Lanita Farstad, Waverly, MN, and Kory and Mary Farstad, Hurton; and two sisters, Kristi and Byron Utter, Mobridge, and Sharon and Don Johnson, Spicer, Mn. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, a host of friends and relatives and the mother of his children, Alice Farstad Glanz.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Morristown, SD, with Rev. Haasch officiating. Tim requested cremation and inurnment will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, is requesting donations be made to the Jeff McGregor Benefit Fund. C/o Leslie Niederman
9075 65th Ave. SW
Morristown, South Dakota 57645

 

     
   
     

Betty Jo McFarland

August 26, 1929 - July 24, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

 

Betty Jo McFarland of Rapid City, SD, passed away at 6:40 a.m. on July 24, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House at eighty-five years young.
Betty was born August 26, 1929, in Webb City, OK, to Clarence and Minnie (Alexander) Wass. She married Merle Gerald McFarland on August 11, 1946, in Garber, OK, and to this union, three children were born, Robby, Brett, and Randy.
Betty Jo enjoyed being a wife and mother to her husband and three boys and also enjoyed outings to Deadwood and other places around the Black Hills. She belonged to the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and spent many hours working with the mailers.
She will be deeply missed by her sons, Robby (Rebecca) of Los Osos, CA, Brett of Rapid City, and Randy of Evans, CO; two grandsons, Ben and Micah; and other extended family and friends.
Betty Jo was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merle, in June, 2000; two brothers; and four sisters.
Memorial graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her husband, Merle.
A memorial has been established to the American Diabetes Association.

 

     
   
     

Ronald Floyd "Ronnie" Fees

July 10, 1929 - July 21, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Ronald "Ronnie" Floyd Fees, 86, Opal, SD, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Ronnie was born July 10, 1929, in Faith, SD, to Floyd and Emily (Hockinson) Fees. He grew up on the ranch at Opal, SD. He attended schools in the Opal area.
Ronnie served in the US Marine Corp actively from 1952 through 1954 during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the Reserves in November of 1959. Upon his return, he worked the ranch with his father, later taking it over.
Ronnie met Rose Moelter shortly after his return and they were married May 31, 1956. They had five children, Connie, David, Cathy, Candi, and Emily.
Ronnie was involved with the Opal Hall and enjoyed being "the cop" at the dances. He was active as a volunteer with the Opal Fire Department and served as Assistant Chief for several years.
Surviving are his children, Connie (Darwin) Hellekson of Philip, SD, David (Carmen) Fees of Opal, SD, Cathy Fees-Oliver of Guthrie, OK, and Candi (Jim) Fees-Davis of Rapid City, SD; grandchildren, Jesi Hellekson (fiancé TJ), Rapid City, SD, Dane Hellekson (fiancée Ashley) Philip, SD, Katrina (Jon) Collins, Faith, SD, Mandi (Cody) Skogen, Opal, SD, Clinton (Amanda) Fees, Summerset, SD, Joshua (Nedra) Fogelman, Mulhall, OK, Zackery (Tabitha) Fogelman, Mulhall, OK, Austin Oliver (fiancée Kristyn), Guthrie, OK, Emily (Jason) Hitchcock, Piedmont, SD, and Cortney Eaton, Rapid City, SD; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sister, Darlene Palmer of Aberdeen, SD. He is also survived by his best friend, Cubbi.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; three brothers, Wendell, Byron, and Glen Fees; and his parents, Floyd and Millie.
Visitation will be Monday, July 27th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Opal Church in Opal with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors provided by Post 1273 Veterans Honor Guard.
A memorial has been established to the Opal Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Lois A. Rosander

November 9, 1925 - July 18, 2015

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Monday July 27, 2015

 

Lois was born November 9, 1925, on a farm near Liberty, NE, to Carl E. and Francis A. (Elliott) Leinweber. The family moved to a farm near Frankfort, KS, when she was very young. Lois loved to be around all the animals including the cows, horses, chickens, goats, cats and working dogs. She had a Shetland pony that was fun but “ornery”. Her cousin visited every summer from Nebraska and since she did not have a horse, she really enjoyed the pony. The cousin had a bike and Lois remembered how fun it was to visit the cousin and ride the bike.
Lois and her sisters learned to swim in two cement horse tanks fed by the windmill. They swam in the town pool and a lake nearby. She walked one and a half miles to country school. She attended high school in Colorado and graduated in 1944. She always returned to the farm in Kansas for the summer.
Lois was working at Montgomery Wards when she met her future husband, Judge, Elrae Rosander, at her aunt and uncles house. They were married November 24, 1948 in Evergreen, CO, in a little log Christian church. They were blessed with a son and daughter.
The family lived in Lakewood, CO, for 23 years and moved to LaPorte, CO in 1974, living there until moving to Nisland in 1984
Over the years, Lois helped her husband in the trenching business and later worked at nursing homes in Colorado.
Lois Anne Rosander, 89, of Spearfish, formerly of Nisland, died Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Spearfish.
Visitation will be from noon until time of services at the funeral chapel on Monday.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Laura Thomas, Emily Susanne Wright, Sonya Rosander, Loren French, Jaren French, Bernard Rosander and several great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Glen; daughter, Carol; two sisters, Maxine and Dorothy; and a brother, Carl.

 

     
   
     

Kenneth James Maakestad

February 17, 1922 - July 16, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Wednesday July 22, 2015

 

On July 16, 2015, Kenny got to KISS his ANGEL (Mardy) "Good Morning" once again. He passed away at the Ft. Meade Veterans Hospital.
Ken was born February 17, 1922, in Mason City, IA, to Helmer and Edith Maakestad. He graduated from Mitchell, SD, High School in 1940. Ken joined the Army in September of 1942. He was very proud to be a World War II Veteran. On December 24, 1944, he married his doll, Mardella Dietzel. They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Ken worked at many jobs including Gebhardt's Hardware in Alexandria, SD, before moving to Sturgis in 1962 where he worked for the Homestake Mine for 9 years. He then worked for Corner Construction in Rapid City. Some of the proudest projects of his career were the Rapid City Regional Hospital, the Rapid City Civic Center, and Sturgis Community Center, working till the age of 72. He was a member of various bowling leagues, rolling his last ball at the age of 91.
Ken and Mardy's house was open to all and welcomed with a smile. They had 7 children who learned from the best on how to treat your fellow man. His greatest joy was the holidays and being Santa to many generations of family, neighbors, and patients in hospitals.
Survivors include seven children, Jim (Barb) Maakestad, Sheridan, WY, Connie (Stan) Holmes, Abilene, KS, Sheila (Bill) Limbo, Sturgis, SD, Ken Maakestad, TX, Scott (RuthAnne) Maakestad, Littleton, CO, Dawn Wagness, Sturgis, SD, and Tim Maakestad, Gillette, WY; one sister, Jean Muck, Mitchell, SD; one brother, Stan Maakestad, Woonsocket, SD; eleven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special sons; Mitch and Michael Loobey.
His wife, Mardy, preceded him in death by 36 days. His parents, two sisters, and one grandson also preceded him in death.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor John Tesnow officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Marina Dionisio dela Cruz

June 18, 1952 - July 14, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM

 

Beloved wife and mother, Marina dela Cruz, 63, of Rapid City, peacefully returned to the arms of her Heavenly Father on July 14, 2015, in her home, with her husband and daughter at her side.
Marina was born June 18, 1952, in Bulacan, Philippines, to Leonardo and Eustaquia Dionisio. She married Sigfredo dela Cruz in 1981 and lived in Tarlac, Philippines until they moved to Rapid City in 2006.
She is survived by her husband, Sigfredo; daughter, Mary Grace; three brothers, Antonio (Lorna), Greg (Leah, Mary Lou), and Ariel (Mharcy) of the Philippines; sister, Elenita (Jessie) of the Philippines; sister-in-law, Ester (Harold) of Box Elder; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, SD.

 

     
   
     

David Allen Larsh

March 29, 1953 - July 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Services - Black Hillls National Cemetery

 

David Allen Larsh, 62, of Hill City, SD, died July 7, 2015 at Fort Meade VA Hospital from complications of diabetes.
David was born March 29, 1953 in Burke, SD to John and Dorothy (Pejsa) Larsh. He graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1971, serving in the U.S. Army from 1972-1975.
David was part owner of Andrea's Saw Shop in Hill City and had spent much of his life as a logger in the Black Hills.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Larsh, Rapid City; father, John "Casey" Larsh, Rapid City; sister, Linda Eddy, Rapid City and long-time friends, Bob Shaffner, Sturgis, Al Reimann, Rapid City and the "kid" Aaron Everett of Washington.
Private family graveside services will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Darrel Eugene Varner

January 7, 1951 - July 9, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 10:30 a.m.

 

Darrel was born January 7, 1951, at Flint, MI, to Leland Ray and Donna Jean (Morey) Varner. Following the completion of his education, he enlisted in the US Air Force, and served his country honorably.
He met Katherine Murray and the couple was married in Enid, OK, on February 22, 1974.
Following his discharge, he worked in construction for the next 35 years, starting in Fort Collins, CO. In 1995, the family moved to Summerset, SD. He built homes until 2006 when he retired.
Darrel Eugene Varner, 64, Summerset, SD, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Fort Meade.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Varner, Summerset; one son, Brad (Annette) Varner, Box Elder, SD; one daughter, Tina (Sergio) Saraceni, Watertown, SD; brothers, Paul (Dawn) Varner, Belleville, MI, and Craig (Sarah) Varner, Ferndale, MI; sisters, Susan (Dave) Oliver, Waterford, MI, and Karen (Kenny) Vollmer, Davison, MI; grandchildren, Austin and Lucas Saraceni, Stephanie Blalack, Cameron Varner, and Taylor Anderson; stepfather, Warren Tucker, Waterford, MI; stepmother, Mary Varner, Swartz Creek, MI; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Jerry Leigh Reid

August 7, 1945 - July 6, 2015

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2015

 

Jerry was born in Belle Fourche, SD, on August 7, 1945, to Donald and Johanna Reid. Jerry was raised on farms in the Arpan, SD, area and 3 miles southwest of Newell, SD, during his childhood. His family then moved to Newell, SD, while he was in high school, graduating in 1963. He then attended University of South Dakota and Black Hills State University before completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the National College of Business.
After graduating, he married Sharon Smith of Cottonwood, SD. Together they lived and raised two daughters in Rapid City, SD. Throughout the years, he worked as an accountant, owned Green Hills Landscaping Company, and worked for UTI/Trimac trucking company (CB radio handle “Easy”).
Jerry’s farm background showed in his love for animals. He spent many hours feeding every critter that found its way to his yard, a yard he kept dark green and mowed every three days. In the summer, you could always find at least 6 tomato plants and many beautiful flowers.
Over the last 10 years, Jerry enjoyed many vacations with his wife, children, and grandchildren. We all knew his love for warm weather, but who knew how much he could love Disney World.
Jerry Leigh Reid, 69, passed away July 6, 2015, in Greeley, CO, after a short battle with cancer.
He is survived by Sharon Reid of Rapid City; daughters, Tanya (Arlen) Gerdes of Cheyenne, WY, and Tara (Scott) Koenig of Rapid City, SD; three grandchildren, Nolan, Adam, and Regan Gerdes of Cheyenne, WY; brother, Bruce (Deborah) Reid of Indian Land, SC; sister, Debra (Ken) Mitchell of Belle Fourche, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
His parents, Donald and Johanna Reid, and numerous family and friends he cared for preceded him in death.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals. com.

 

     
   
     

Thomas J. Baldwin

December 27, 1928 - July 4, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Monday July 27, 2015

 

Tom Baldwin was born in Vale, South Dakota December 27, 1928. He passed away at Whitehall Nursing and Rehabilitation in Deerfield, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Ann Baldwin (Morgan) and his parents Lester and Esther Larson Baldwin. He is survived by his daughter Shirl Ann Fiocchi (Richard) Grandchildren Michael Vilches (Gina) and Lisa Chesser, and great grandchildren Ricky, Michael Jr., Bailee and Cody. He is also is survived by a brother Gerald Baldwin.

Tom served in the military for two years during the Korean War. He was a Sargent First Class in the U.S. Army Artillery. His civilian work included Civil Engineer for Holmes and Narver Engineering. As part of that position he worked in California, Alaska, and the Marshall Islands. He also worked for the Atomic Energy Commission.

He and his wife Shirley were married in Sturgis, South Dakota in 1956. They were married until the time of her death in 2012. The same year they married he purchased his grandparents Homestead. They received a Century Farm Award during that time. While farming Tom was a lifetime VFW member, served Vale Volunteer Fire Department and Township Board. They owned the farm until January 2008.

Tom enjoyed fishing and later he and his wife took up golf. They spent winters in Ft Clark Springs, Texas after retiring until permanently settling there. They loved to travel and for a few years drove a motor home to visit family and friends. They also enjoyed cruises. Two cruises included trips to Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal.

The last year of his life he spent with his daughter and son-in-law in Northfield, Illinois enjoying spending time with his daughter and husband and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 26th at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Committal services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday July 27, 2015 at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Friends are encouraged to gather at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages a donation in memory of Tom to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 

     
   
     

Frank LaVane Barden Jr.

December 27, 1962 - July 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015

 

Frank LaVane Barden, Jr., 52, Box Elder, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Frank was born December 27, 1962, in Sturgis, SD, to Mary Jo and Frank LaVane Barden. He attended school in Sturgis and Box Elder, graduating from Douglas High School in 1981.
He worked in Coeur d’ Alene, ID, where he met Twana and they later married in Sturgis. To this union, two children were born, Cassandra and Frank Barden III. He lived in Coeur d’Alene until November of 2013 when he moved back to South Dakota.
Frank loved country music, stock car races, and attending his nieces and nephews sporting events, especially their BMX races. Frank was also a big BYU sports fan.
Frank is survived by his mother, Mary Jo, and step-father, Leroy Hix, Box Elder; three grandchildren; sisters, Liz Barden, Billy Jo (Cliff) Janis, and April Hix, all of Box Elder; brother, Roy Allen Hix, Box Elder; grandmothers, Laura Hackworth and Gertrude Hix; aunts, Ada Shonholtzer, Loraine Barden, June (Wayne) Overland, Judy (Carl) Peterson, Deb (Marty) Hansen, Bonnie (Jim) Tallmon, Georgia (Harlan) Moos, Teresa (Brian) Littleton, Diana Loup. and Donna Greenwalt; uncles, Jack Barden, Punky Barden, Pat (Janet) Barden, and Roger (Terry) Barden; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Barden; grandfathers, George Hackworth, Ted Barden, and Dean Hix; grandmothers, Olive Baldwin, Sarah Barden, and Philamine White Buffalo.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with visitation from 8:00 a.m. until service time. Interment Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Jerry Bryce Davis

October 26, 1959 - July 3, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Graveside Service at Bear Butte Cemetery Sturgis, SD, Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 4:00p.m.

 


Jerry Bryce Davis, 55, of Pueblo, CO, and formerly of Sturgis, died July 3, 2015, in Pueblo after fighting a short battle with renal cell cancer.
Jerry was born October 26, 1959, in Deadwood, SD, to G. Wayne and Mary Lou Davis. He grew up in Sturgis and graduated from Brown High School in 1978. He started his career as a jeweler at age 13 at Neugebauer Jewelers in Sturgis. He continued developing his craft throughout his life, with the last 25 years working at Irby Jewelers in Pueblo. He considered being a master jeweler his life-long work and passion. He and Jennifer and family enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, and generally being outdoors.
Jerry is survived by his mother, Mary Lou Davis of Rapid City, SD; long-time friend, Jennifer Irby and her children, Shane, Sonny, and Sarah of Pueblo, CO; siblings, Kurt (Meri) Davis of Reno, NV, Rod (Kimberly) Davis of Lead, SD, and Kathy (Jesse) Lewis of Black Hawk, SD. He is also survived by nieces, Stephanie Sorensen, Lindsey Waddell, and Renee Davis; and nephews, Brad Davis, Cable Davis, Casey Davis, and Brian Davis and their families. Several cousins also survive him.
He was preceded in death by his dad, G. Wayne Davis, and maternal and paternal grandparents.
The Davis and Irby families would like to thank Jen G. and Pueblo Hospice for their exceptional care of Jerry during his ordeal. Jerry will forever be missed and always in our thoughts.
Graveside services will be at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD., Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Rhoda L. Martzell

May 12, 1939 - June 29, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Thursday July 2, 2015 at Mountain Lawn Cemetery Lead, SD

 

Rhoda L. Martzell, Rapid City, was born May 12, 1939 and passed away June 29 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include her 3 daughters; Kim E. (Brad) Canfield of Rapid City South Dakota, Robin M. (Stefan) Aleksevitch of Prospect, Kentucky, and Rachel James of Rapid City South Dakota; grandchildren, Brandon Kirk, Mallory Brei, Alycia Rodman, Kayla Rowen, Hannah Aleksevitch, Stefan Aleksevitch, Emily Wright, and Grace Aleksevitch.

Private Burial will be held at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Lead South Dakota on Thursday, July 2.

 

     
   
     

Robert M. Bender

July 30, 1927 - June 21, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Robert Milton Bender went to be with his Heavenly Father on Father’s Day, June 21, 2015, at David M. Dorsett Senior Care in Spearfish at the age of 87..
Bob was born in 1927 in Oconomowoc, WI, to Walter and Helen Bender. He served in the navy and on his return went to school at Waldorf Junior College in Forest City, IA. It was here he met his bride, Marilyn Graeber. Shortly after their marriage in 1951 he was called back into service during the Korean War. When he came home he finished his studies at Luther College and the University of Iowa, getting his degree at the School of Social Work. He went on to work at Lutheran Social Services in Des Moines, IA, and then The Department of Veterans Affairs. It was during his time with the VA that the Bender family moved to Fort Meade, SD. After his retirement from the VA, Bob and Marilyn moved to Sturgis.
Bob loved his God, his family, his country and his horses (although there were times when the family wasn't sure if the horses didn’t rank ahead of them!) He was a loving husband and father; showing his love in many ways each day: from building tree forts and swings, to helping with their high school productions and scout troops. He even found time to write a secret letter from a favorite super hero that would mysteriously find its way into a bedroom! In the community, he was active in Community Theater, both in Sturgis and Rapid City, community concerts, the Fort Meade horse club, and the local 4-Wheelers club. He was always ready to lend his booming voice to a community cause.
He’s survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn; children, Laurie (Phil) Bangs of Ashland, OR, Rob (Georgia) Bender of Valley Springs, SD, and Randy (Elvira) Bender of Sturgis; and brothers, Wally and John Bender. He was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.
Memorials may be given to the Old Fort Meade Museum, Fort Meade, SD.

 

     
   
     

Deborah "Deb" Brengle

June 19, 1956 - June 17, 2015

 

Service to be held:

At her request none are planned

 

Deborah L "Deb" Brengle was born in Sturgis, SD, on June 19, 1956, to Helen (Smith) and Gary Brengle. Deb spent most of her early years in the Buffalo, SD, area, graduating from Buffalo High School in 1974.
After high school Deb held various jobs beginning at the Oasis Café in Buffalo, the Red Owl Grocery in Bowman, ND, Lumber Store in Hulett, WY, James Photography in Gillette, , and managed the Horseshoe Bar in Buffalo. Deb also worked for the Harding County Highway Department, operated a scraper for D&S Construction, managed the Buffalo Motel, worked at the Farm Services Agency for several years, and most recently Buffalo Ranch Supply, and sold Avon in Buffalo.
Deb married Sonny Nation on December 13, 2002, after many years together. He passed away in July, 2009.
Deb had a unique outlook on life, at least on the outside. She identified with the "Maxine" cartoons, which were her signature philosophy. Friends looked forward to her "Maxine saying of the day" on Facebook or what message her t-shirt might sport.
Deb was a very colorful and resilient individualist with a kind and generous heart. Her greatest concern was always for those she loved. She spent her life caring for others beginning with her "son" Steve Nation, her parents, and the lights of her life, her granddaughters.
Deb passed away in Sturgis at the home of her cousin, where she was receiving hospice care, on June 17, 2015.
Survivors include her mother, Helen Brengle, Gillette, WY; her son, Steve (Stormi) Nation, Buffalo, SD; granddaughters, Skyler and Sorrell Nation; sister, Terry (Tim) Augare, Anaconda, MT; brother, Shannon (Dawn) Brengle, Gillette; special friend, Quinten Strand; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her father, Gary; her grandparents; and a nephew, Levi Augare.
At her request no services will be held.

 

     
   
     

Ernestine Trevillyan Ledyard

March 28, 1919 - June 13, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Ernestine Trevillyan Ledyard, 96, Sturgis, died Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with refreshments to follow.
Ernestine was born March 28, 1919, to William Earl and Orpha Belle (Collins) Trevillyan in Whitewood, SD. She attended grades 1 – 8 at Empire School near Vale and graduated from Vale High School in 1936.
She married Ormond Leroy Ledyard on December 13, 1940, in Deadwood, SD. They had three children. She and Ormond lived in Deadwood, Lead, and Sturgis most of their lives. She retired from Lead School System where she was employed as a custodian for many years.
Ernestine put in thousands of hours for RSVP and spent most of those volunteer hours at the Sturgis Senior Center. She loved sewing, embroidery, reading, doing word puzzles, baking, cooking, going on outings, and traveling. She walked for exercise until she was 95 ½ years old.
Her favorite thing was spending time with family and friends. Her family will remember her as a very special, kind, caring, and funny person with a great sense of humor. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by two daughters and one son, Sharon Burd, Sturgis, SD, BJ Callahan, Windsor, CO, and Ed (Carol) Ledyard, Spearfish, SD; brothers, Jim Trevillyan, Rapid City, SD, and Elmer Trevillyan, National City, CA; sister-in-law, Doreen Trevillyan, Mesa, AZ; five grandchildren, Lesley, Sidney, Penny, Paige, and Patti Jo; eight great-grandchildren, KW, Jerrod, Andrea, Jordan, Aiden, Case, Max, and Ian; two great-great-grandchildren, Katie and Sage; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ormond Ledyard; her parents, Bill and Orpha Trevillyan; brother and his wife, Ralph and Marge Trevillyan and their son and daughter, Tod and Eileen; sister-in-law, Edna Trevillyan; and two son-in-laws, Kenneth Burd and Daniel Callahan.
A memorial has been established to the Sturgis Senior Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com

 

     
   
     

Dean Elliot Oliver

May 15, 1932 - June 11, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10:00 am

 

Dean Elliot Oliver, 83, of Newell, SD, died June 11, 2015, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be on Monday, June 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Austin Auditorium in Newell with Pastor Sean Carney officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery, Newell.
Dean was born May 15, 1932, to Kenneth and Edna (Remington) Oliver in New Underwood, SD. Dean went to country school and then on to Sturgis High School. He married Phyllis McMains right out of high school in December of 1950 (60 years of wedded bliss).
The couple moved to the Newell area in 1952, bought a small farm, and over the years, expanded to a well-known farming/ranching operation along the Belle Fourche River south of Newell. They raised sheep, cattle, alfalfa hay, and kids. Those kids were Deb, Darla, Randy, Patty, and Penny.
For 25 years, Dean ran an excavation business in the community doing various projects for area farmers and ranchers while trying to build up the farm and ranch at the same time. He also invested himself in the community by serving as a 4-H leader, serving on the Newell School Board, and as a member of the Federal Land Bank board at various times.
Dean loved family and enjoyed having his grandkids and great-grandkids around him. We will miss his sense of humor and love of life.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Phyllis; his children, Debbie (Dave) Streets, Custer, SD, Darla (Tim) Creal, Tampa, FL, Randy (Connie) Oliver, Newell, SD, Patty (Carl) Sauer, Benton, LA, and Penny (Mike) Masters, Rapid City, SD; 2 sisters, Jeanne Pittman, Whitewood, SD, and Darlene Guthrie, Little Rock, AR; 11 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Carroll Oliver; a sister, Wilda Bachand; and an infant granddaughter, Jane Elizabeth Sauer.
A memorial has been established to the Newell Volunteer Fire Dept.

 

     
   
     

Earland "Earl" Rose

May 26, 1956 - May 27, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm Saturday June 20, 2015

 

Earland Elmer Rose, 59, left for his favorite beach on May 27, 2015.

Earl was born on May 26, 1956, in Warner Robins, GA, to Robert and Gladys (Bostic) Rose. He grew up in Sturgis, SD, graduating from Brown High School in 1974. He attended Black Hills State College and the University of South Dakota. His son Ryan was born in 1989 from his union with Coreen Papike.

Usually while wearing shades, Earl’s passion for fun in the sun led him to be a Terry Peak ski instructor & lifetime skier, and a lover of the ocean, fishing, surfing and beaches worldwide. He was a wheeler and dealer of cool cars, motorcycles, houses and guitars. His creative talents were embodied in his work as an artist, jeweler and carpenter, as well as an irreverent nicknamer of everyone he met.

Earl is survived by his son Ryan Rose, his sister Rolane (Frank) Gengler, his brother Bob (Sharon) Rose, special friend Victoria Sharp, all of Rapid City SD, niece Amelia Rose and nephews Jeff Gengler, Scott Gengler and Thane Rose, not to mention countless friends everywhere.

True to Earl’s fun-loving soul, the public is invited to a celebration of his life at the Terry Peak Stewart Lodge on Saturday June 20th starting at 2pm. Musician friends are invited to bring their instruments for a jam, plus additional music, cash bar, food and stories will be shared. As Earl would say, "No Worries!"

 

     
   
     

Mardella LaVerne "Mardy" Maakestad

March 4, 1928 - June 10, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 15, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Mardella "Mardy" L. Maakestad, 87, Sturgis, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 15, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor John Tesnow officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Mardella LaVerne Maakestad was born March 4, 1928, to John and Mabel Dietzel in Alexandria, SD. Mardella married Kenneth Maakestad on December 24, 1944, at Camp Bowie, TX.
Mardy was always there for her family and friends. She was a homemaker all her life. She could make something fabulous out of nothing whether it be food, clothing, or toys for the kids. She loved baking, crafts, sewing, her back yard, driving through the hills, and the holidays, especially SANTA CLAUS.
Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Kenneth Maakestad; seven children, Jim (Barb) Maakestad, Sheridan, WY, Connie (Stan) Holmes, Abilene, KS, Sheila (Bill) Limbo, Sturgis, SD, Ken Maakestad, TX, Scott (RuthAnn) Maakestad, Littleton, CO, Dawn Wagness, Sturgis, SD, and Tim Maakestad, Gillette, WY; one sister, Bev Dietzel, Billings, MT; eleven grandkids; twenty-two great-grandkids; seven great-great-grandkids; and her wonderful neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and one grandson.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Eugene "Gene" William Stafford

May 24, 1945 - June 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 10:30 am

 

Eugene "Gene" W. Stafford, 70, of Sturgis, SD, died Sunday, June 7, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, June 10, at 10:30 AM at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.
Eugene William Stafford was born May 24, 1945, in Elkton, SD. In 1950, the family moved to Sturgis where Gene attended school, graduating from Sturgis Brown High School. Gene entered the U.S. Army in 1966, serving for three years before being honorably discharged in 1969 as a Sergeant. Gene worked for many years throughout the Black Hills as a grocery manager.
Gene was an avid hunter, fisherman, and camper who loved to spend time with his family and friends.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Gleva Stafford; sons, Asa (Kimberly) Stafford and their three children and son, Zac (Peggy Sue) Hart and their two children; two sisters, Marge and Mary; along with other extended family & friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Asa & Myrtle Stafford.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Harley Darwin Greenwaldt

January 31, 1935 - May 31, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Kinkade Funeral Chapel

 

Harley D. Greenwaldt, 80, of Box Elder, SD, passed away peacefully May 31, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital with his loving wife, Helen, and other loving family members by his side.
A visitation will begin at 5:00 PM Tuesday, June 2, with services beginning at 7:00 PM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Ave., Sturgis. Graveside services will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Harley Darwin Greenwaldt was born January 31, 1935, in Parkers Prairie, MN, to Walter and Violet (Wright) Greenwaldt. He was a very proud retired veteran from the U.S.A.F., having served in both Vietnam and Korea. His assignments included being assigned as the refueling crew chief for Air Force One, which was assigned to President John F. Kennedy. Harley was also a part of the dedication and naming of Ellsworth AFB by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Harley married Helen Dianne "Toots" Foster in 1980 in Box Elder.
Harley was the past president of the Ellsworth and Box Elder Lion's Clubs, and was a member of the American Legion Post 315 in Box Elder. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved being outdoors.
Those left to mourn his passing include his wife, Helen "Toots" Greenwaldt; son, Terry (Kathi) Greenwaldt; daughters, Kathy (Doug) Woolridge and Debbie Greenwaldt; step-sons, Clifford & Kelly Foster; brothers, Roger, Robert, Archie, and Tom; sisters, Marion and Margie; a host of loving cousins and grandkids; and his ex-wife and friend, Marlene Moon. He is also survived by a large posse of friends and hunting buddies. He will be missed by many and loved by all.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harley's name to your local American Legion.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Frederick "Fred" Cha

May 27, 1923 - November 28, 2014

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015

 

Frederick "Fred" Cha, 91, Sturgis, died Friday, November 28, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Long Term Care.
Graveside services were held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Black Hills National Cemetery with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Family and friends are welcome to gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel one hour prior.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating.
Fred was born in Mutual, Utah to Italian immigrants, Angelo and Adeline Mary (Pavignano) Cha on May 27, 1923. He grew up in Mutual and attended school there up to the tenth grade. When he wasn't in school, he worked in the coal mine. Shortly after, he was drafted into the United States Army where he worked in security. His first assignment was in Idaho, working at an interment camp for the Japanese. His next assignment was in Arizona, working in a POW camp that had mainly German officers. He made many friends there and even learned some German. After that, he was honorably discharged and moved to California to work for the military base in Alameda, where he was trained and worked as a jet engine mechanic. This job he absolutely loved, showing up early every day. He also enjoyed the weather, riding his motorcycle to work almost every day. He enjoyed going to dances after work, and that is where he met the love of his life, Vesta Blair. They dated for a year before they were married on January 14, 1950, in Oakland, California. Together they bought and ran three apartment buildings in California at different times, and Fred would do maintenance on them in his spare time. After several years, he and Vesta retired, and they later moved to Sturgis in 2004. Fred wanted to get away from traffic and enjoy the small town atmosphere, and they wintered in Chandler, Arizona for five years. Fred and Vesta moved to the Berry unit at Sturgis Regional Long Term Care in 2011, due to health reasons.
Fred and Vesta thoroughly enjoyed everything to do with their 1960 Beachcraft Bonanza. Fred learned how to fly in Utah and they belonged to a flying club, Aircraft Pilots of the Bay Area, in California. He was a member of an Italian Men's Club in Oakland, CA, called Fratalanza. They also liked to camp and fish.
Fred is survived by his wife, Vesta; several nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Marion Cha, Price, UT, and Vera Cha, Helper, UT.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Joe, Lawrence, and John.
Memorials have been established to the Wounded Warrior Project and Sturgis Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Walter Erwin Sundstrom

May 12, 1938 - May 26, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015

 

Walter E. Sundstrom, 77, of Nisland, SD, died May 26, 2015 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Walter Erwin Sundstrom was born May 12, 1938 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota to Charles and Eulalia (Wier) Sundstrom. Walt grew up in Mud Butte, graduating from high School in Newell.
Walt was a member of the I.B.E.W., and traveled several states doing power lineman work. In his spare time, he could be found fishing, hunting or collecting rocks.
He will be sorely missed by his sons, Blaine (Lori) Sundstrom of Billings, MT, Charles Sundstrom of Huntley, MT and Guy (Alaloa) Sundstrom of Worden, MT; 4 grand- sons; 1 granddaughter; 2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers; 4 sisters and other extended family & friends.
A celebration of Walter's life will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 2:00 pm at the Belle Fourche City Park. Condolences may be made to the family at kinkadefunerals.com

 

     
   
     

Stanley Charles Radle

May 28, 1956 - May 19, 2015

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 


Stanley C. Radle was born to Richard and Delores Radle on May 28, 1956, in Germany while his father, Richard, was serving in the Air Force.
During the time Richard served in the Air Force, Stan’s family was stationed in Germany, Turkey, and Spain, and had the opportunity to travel to Greece, Italy, France, Austria, and Switzerland. When Stan was around the age of 15 his father retired and his family moved to Duluth, MN. He graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1975.
After high school, Stan moved to Williston, ND, and worked for International Harvester selling truck parts. He then met Sharon Dahl at a picnic on a warm sunny day. As the romance began, Stan and Sharon packed up and moved to Vancouver, WA. On December 17, 1982, they were married with Sharon’s daughter, Jacqueline, and son, Travis, present.
While working evenings in Portland, OR, Stan had the opportunity to attend college during the day and received an Associate's Degree in Telecommunications from Clark Community College in 1993.
In 1994, Stan and Sharon moved back to Williston, ND, and lived on Sharon’s family homestead. While living in Williston, Stan was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999. His battle with cancer lasted 2 years at which time he was “cancer free.”
Stan started working for Verizon in 1995 and was transferred to Deadwood in 2001. Stan was an avid outdoorsman. While living in Washington, he loved to go to the lake as often as he could to water ski. He also thoroughly enjoyed all types of hunting and fishing. Every fall, the horses were loaded in the trailers along with camping gear, and the elk trips began. Stan and Sharon would pack in on their horses, being gone for several weeks camping in inclement weather with sometimes lots of snow. The prize always being an elk.
He loved his dogs, all Labradors, Buddy, Bo, Buford, and last but not least, Baily. Bird hunting was always at the top of his hunting list. Being the outgoing person he was, strangers were all his friends. Sharon never knew who was coming to dinner!!
He loved his log home in Deadwood, SD, and it was difficult at times to get him to leave to visit friends. He enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the wildlife (deer, turkeys, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and coyotes). It was his dream life.
Stan also longed to moose hunt in the Yukon. In October 2014, Stan bought all his extreme cold hunting gear at his favorite store, “Cabela’s,” and off for 1 week to the Yukon he went. He was also able to “bag” a gigantic bull moose. Check, a dream fulfilled.
On May 19, 2015, Stan passed away at his home after his battle with lung cancer. Sharon never left his side. He was exactly where he wanted to be.
In addition to his wife, Sharon, Stan is survived by his step-daughter, Jacqueline (Daryl) Lager, and step-son, Travis (Tina) Wickum, all from Williston, ND; grandchildren, Jessica (Seth) Dixon (a great grandbaby due in October 2015, YEAH), Cassidy Lager, Caitlin Lager, Tate Wickum, and Turner Wickum; four sisters, Maris (Hermann) Zielhke, Neiderhausen, Germany, Cathy (Paul) Rogers, Burnsville, MN, Janice Canerdy, Williston, ND, and Tess Steir, Lakeville, MN; two brothers, Ron (Lauri) Radle, Aurora, MN, and Mark (Marina) Radle, Lakeville, MN; along with seventeen nieces and nephews.
Stan was preceded in death by his father, Richard; mother, Dolores; and father-in-law, Roger Dahl.
Services will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Don E. Ericson

June 26, 1942 - April 28, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm Saturday May 2, 2015

 

Donald Eugene Ericson was born June 26, 1942, to Gene and Annie (Freed) Ericson. He was delivered by a midwife and was small enough to be taken home in a shoe box. Don died Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at home with his family at his side.
Don grew up on the family ranch south of Nisland. He attended rural schools and graduated from Newell High School. Upon graduation, he attended SDSM&T and graduated from BHSU with his teaching degree. Following graduation, Don accepted a teaching position with Meade 46-1 as a "starting point." 43 years later he retired, having taught math, science, electronics, geology, archaeology, and paleontology. Don was one of the original teachers at the Sturgis Academy and spent many additional hours tutoring students either at the dining room table or his favorite spot on the floor in his home. In 2008, Don was honored as teacher of the year.
In 1964, he married his first love and best friend, Gerie Goddard (ask Gerie about the wedding video – she literally fell head over heels for him). Don was an elder in the Church of Christ and attended the Sturgis congregation. One highlight for him was baptizing both of his grandsons.
Don was involved in many activities through the years. He served on the board of directors for the Newell and Fort Meade Museums. He was an active member of the Sturgis Fire Department for many years and also worked for the Sturgis Police Department in the summer for several years. He was an avocational archaeologist doing volunteer research for the BLM and South Dakota Archaeology Research Center. He achieved his goal of being the first to discover and record a prehistoric site, which he named "The Bucket List Site." Don owned his own communication business and also had an amateur radio operator's license.
He is survived by Gerie, his wife of 50 years; son, Jay and his wife, Laura, of Nisland, SD; daughter, DeeAnna Opstedahl and her husband, Jon, of Dickinson, ND; two grandsons, Gabe and Greg Opstedahl; sister, Barbara Kapinos and her husband, Kip, of Bozeman, MT; mother-in-law, Anna Goddard of Sturgis; brothers-in-law, Tom (Betty) Goddard of Sturgis and Monte (Tarrie) Goddard of Sturgis; sister-in-law, Lavina Goddard of Sturgis; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Don is also survived by his church family.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; father-in-law, Forrest Goddard; brother-in-law, Marshall Goddard; his grandparents; and several uncles and aunts.
Visitation will be Friday, May 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Church of Christ with Ron Ledford officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Cleo Ann Wood

March 16, 1942 - April 28, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Cleo Ann Wood, 73, Newell, passed peacefully Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at her residence.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with a vigil beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 1, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell with Father Tyler Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
Cleo influenced the lives of many and was known for her loving spirit and wonderful sense of humor. She was born March 16, 1942, in Bison, SD, to Ann and Adolph Aaker. She graduated from Bison High School in 1960. She married Tom Nelson on February 19, 1960, and had two daughters, Julie Ann Nelson in 1960 and Paula Sue Janovy in 1966. After she & Tom divorced, she worked at Black Hills State University in Spearfish at her first job as Secretary to Dr. Charles Schad.
She married Norman Wood on March 8, 1976, in Las Vegas, NV, and moved to Newell after remodeling their old farmhouse in 1977. Their daughter, Jennifer Lynn Wood, was born in 1981. After Norman's passing in 1996, she moved closer to Newell, but still had land on a dirt road, animals, and her beloved garden. Cleo enjoyed spending time gardening, playing cribbage and card games, attending rodeos, and being with her family, friends, and her loved grandchildren and pets.
She will be greatly missed by her family; brother, Arlen Aaker of Bison, SD; daughters, Julie (Paul Gaither) Nelson of Austin, TX, Paula (Dan) Janovy of Spearfish, SD, and Jennifer Wood of Newell SD; four grandchildren, Connor Janovy, Taylor Janovy, Norma Jo Wood, and Tyrell Wood, as well as extended family.
Cleo was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Ann Aaker of Bison, SD; and her husband, Norman Wood.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Ila P. Wiedemer

January 1, 1927 - April 26, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:30 am Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

Ila Pearl Wiedemer, 88, Deadwood, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Our House Assisted Living in Sturgis.
Ila was born January 1, 1927, in Santa Barbara, CA, to Myrtle and Albert (Wilbur) O’Neil. She spent her early years during the hard depression era shuttled between relatives after her parents divorced. She finished high school at the Girls Polytech in Portland, OR. World War II was on and she met and married a handsome young sailor from South Dakota, Richard Raymond Wiedemer. Four years later, a son was born on July 2, 1949. The family lived in Vancouver, WA, Ilwaco, WA, and Tulelake, CA, before returning to "Dick's" South Dakota roots. They settled the family in Fort Pierre, SD, where Dick ran his own construction company for forty plus years. Ila started her museum career volunteering at the Verendrye Museum in Ft Pierre and then working for the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, SD, for 25 years. Her love of history and books showed in her passion for antiques, artifacts, and South Dakota history. Even in her last days with rapidly declining health, she still enjoyed reading history books.
Ila is survived by her son, Donald (Melinda) Wiedemer, Deadwood; her grandson, Chad (Jenny) Seidel, and their children, Tyler and Shania, Pierre, SD; and an extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard, and their parents.
Visitation will be held Thursday April 30, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with a graveside service to be held at 11:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Gordon Phillips officiating.

 

     
   
     

Mathilda "Tillie" Grueb

August 23, 1922 - April 25, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Mathilda Anna "Tillie" Grueb, 92, Faith, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at home on the ranch with her loving family by her side.
A vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Tillie was born on a bright sunshiny day on August 23, 1922, at home near Opal, SD, to Mathias and Anna (Backes) Moelter. She was the youngest girl of six children. She attended grade school at Opal through the 8th grade. She worked in the community where she babysat, built dams with her dad, and cooked at cafes. She took great pride in her cooking in which all of her family enjoyed throughout the years as they all gained weight.
One of her favorite memories of a job was working with Doc Bernds in which she was proud to have received a dollar a day for her wages. One of the many things she experienced with the Bernds' was a trip to New York-her first experience ever being out of South Dakota.
Little did Tillie know that in 1944 a blind date with Walter Grueb would lead to marriage in October 6th of 1945 and that they would have 68 wonderful years together. To this union were born five children. Walter and Tillie owned and operated their ranch west of Faith since 1965.
Tillie's joys in life were her five children, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren (with twins on the way). She loved being outdoors, helping with the livestock, assorted animals, and ranch work. She especially loved raising a huge garden in which many family and friends enjoyed the fruits of her labor, especially Walt.
Tillie had a special place in her heart for everyone and everyone had a special place in their heart for her. She was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all.
Tillie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five siblings, Johnny Moelter, Margaret Moelter, Gertrude Hoffman, Elvera Howell, and William Moelter; one daughter-in-law, Debra Grueb.
Survivors include five children, Linda (Wayne) Lensegrav, Sturgis, Herb (Marcia) Grueb, Black Hawk, Rod (Tawana) Grueb, Onida, Irma (Kevin) Fees, Hot Springs, and Larry (Beth Ann) Grueb, Faith; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith.

 

     
   
     

Phylis L. Gotfredson

December 9, 1923 - April 18, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2 p.m. Wednesday April 22, 2015

 

Phylis L. Gotfredson, 91, Belle Fourche, died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at her home in Belle Fourche.

Visitation will be prior to services on Wednesday.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Hospice of the Northern Hills.

Phylis was born December 9, 1923 at Belle Fourche to Philip and Helen (Masters) Vallery. She was raised on the homeplace in Fruitdale and attended the Hillside school. She graduated high school in Belle Fourche.

During World War II she worked in Washington, DC in the Pentagon and later in the Navy Yard in Seattle, WA.

She married Elvie Gotfredson on August 10, 1947. The couple eventually made their home on a ranch east of Newell.

Phylis was an avid reader and an accomplished china painter. She was active in the local china painting club. She cooked for many branding and shearing crews. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing. She also enjoyed gardening. Phylis had a special talent for raising bum lambs.

She is survived by her sons Gary (Deb) and Bruce (Wava); grandson Chris and granddaughter Kayla (Adam) Wiechmannn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers; Don, Thornton and Verlon.

 

     
   
     

Arlet Bernita Liedtke

December 25, 1922 - March 31, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2015

 

Arlet Bernita Liedtke was born on Christmas Day (December 25), 1922, in
Emery S.D. to John and Martha Lehr. The Lehr family lived on a farm outside of Emery for many years until Arlet’s father opened and operated the Lehr Family Grocery Store in downtown Emery, where Arlet spent many hours as a girl. She graduated from Emery High School in 1940 and married Reuben Liedtke on January 19, 1941. They lived on the Liedtke family farm near Wessington Springs, SD for several years and eventually moved to Sioux Falls where they lived most of their lives, attending Central Baptist Church and raising 3 sons, Chuck, Kim and Curt.
Arlet’s many interests during her 92 years of life included her occupation as a Lab Technician, gardening, oil painting and teaching Sunday School. She and Reuben retired in 1976 and moved to Arkansas where they lived for several years before returning to Sturgis in 1978. They lived in Sturgis and Rapid City until Reuben’s death in 2004. Throughout her life, her primary joys were her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and serving her Lord in many capacities.
After Reuben’s death, Arlet lived with her sons and families, Edgewood Vista (Spearfish) and the Sturgis Regional Senior Care where she died on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the age of 92.
Survivors include her 3 sons: Chuck (Nikki) Liedtke, Branson, Mo;
Kim (Gwen) Liedtke, Humboldt, SD; Curt (Jan) Liedtke, Sturgis, SD;
one brother, Roger (Bessie) Lehr, Emery, SD; her 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Her parents and husband preceeded her in death. A memorial has been established to Foothills Community Church, Sturgis, SD.
Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Foothills Community Church in Sturgis with Pastor Brian Carpenter officiating. Burial follows at the Emery Community Cemetery near Emery, South Dakota at 6 p.m. CST.

 

     
   
     

Elnora "Ellie" Elaine Anderson

September 6, 1929 - March 27, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Elnora "Ellie" Elaine Anderson was born September 6, 1929, and was born into eternal life, March 27, 2015.
Ellie was the daughter of Willis and Helen Dewitt. She was raised by her grandparents in Huron, SD. There, she met her chosen sisters, Sylvia and Janet, and they became inseparable. They would write each other's excuses to skip school, would smoke coffee cigarettes at the cemetery, and got into trouble for charging a large amount of cherry coke at the local drugstore. The three of them shared a lifetime bonded as sisters, friendship and love.
Ellie would often go to the farm in Bryant, SD. There she would visit her siblings, Lenora, Wanda, LaMerna, Lawrence, Willis, Lavonne, Delores, and Wilma. She enjoyed that time with her siblings and would often talk of the picnics, adventures, and endless summer nights that they shared. Ellie formed a special bond with her sister, Wilma. She said it was a deep and powerful love.
Ellie met her husband, James, in Huron, SD. She would let him into the movie theater where she worked for free. He said he had been paying for it ever since. They married April 13, 1949, and they spent 50 years together. James and Ellie based their marriage on laughter, joking, and being each other's very best friend. Together they raised six girls; Lynn, Debbie, Leona, Kim, Tammy, and Tana. They adopted their youngest daughter, Tana. She would often tease them that even when given the choice, they got another girl.
James and Ellie moved to Rapid City, in the late 70's. They purchased the little red house on the corner of Milwaukee. The memories inside that home consisted of slumber parties with the grandkids, family dinners, grandpa teaching the grandsons how to check your oil in the pickup, the smell of fresh laundry, and unconditional love.
Ellie enjoyed movies, reading mysteries, cats, music of all kinds, and going for walks. She was a very active person. Even at the end, she would walk the bike path with her walker that she called "Clyde." She once said that she was going to change his name to Charlotte as she was tired of dragging a man around. In her last years, she was cared for by her daughters, Tammy and Tana. She moved to Aspen Grove Assisted Living in Sturgis for a while and then into her daughter Tana's home for the last months of her life.
Ellie passed away peacefully at her home with Tammy, Tana, and her chosen daughter, Misty, by her side on the morning of Friday March 27, 2015.
She leaves behind her daughters, Lynn (John) Norton, Debbie (George) McClain, Tammy (Arden) Davis, Tana (Brad) Stock, and her fur baby, Star Shine; her chosen sons, Alan Wessel, Steve Wessel, Dan Bermingham, Lance Berg, and Rick Demma; her chosen daughters, Misty Bruce, Jill Mundy, April Lutheran, and Kelly Hammerstaedt; her chosen sister, Sylvia Myers; her siblings, Wilma, Lenora, LaMerna, Delores, and Willis; and her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
She was rejoined in heaven by her husband, James Anderson; daughter, Leona Demma; granddaughter, Jasmine Cliff; two sisters; and one brother.
Ellie's humor, laughter, and award winning smile will be greatly missed. What Ellie taught us and leaves behind with us is this family isn't always blood, there is room in your heart to love, and each day you're alive should be greeted with child-like wonder and laughter.
Visitation will be Friday April 3, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City, with a gathering at her daughter Tana's home in Spearfish following the committal.

 

     
   
     

Leo James Crawford

March 25, 1933 - March 27, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Wednesday, April1, 2015

 

Leo James Crawford, 82, Black Hawk, died Friday March 27, 2015 at Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
Leo was born March 25, 1933 to John and Marie (Larcum) Crawford in Medina, NY. He was raised by his grandparents, James and Mary Crawford in Canada. Leo served in the US Navy from 1950-1954, on the Aircraft Carrier USS Oriskany.
Leo married Florence Stewart in 1955 and they lived in Sanborn, NY and Laurel, MD, where Leo operated an auto repair and dealership. They had four children, Deborah, Edwin, Theresa, and Cynthia. In 1976 Leo moved to Philip, SD, where he worked as a ranch hand, mechanic and operated Leo's auto repair. Leo later moved to Riverside, CA to be near his daughter Cynthia and his grandchildren before moving back to SD in 2000.
Leo is survived by two daughters; Deborah (Stephen) Lysczek, Vestal, NY, and Cynthia (James) Hoag, Black Hawk, SD, daughter-in-law; Cindy Crawford, New Windsor, MD, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; Anthony (Kachina, Kat) Hoag and their children; Callum and Juniper, Redlands, CA, Bradley (DeShayne) Hoag, Rapid City, Shelly (Sean) Strominger, and their children; Madelyn, Natalie, Emily and Christopher, Columbia, MD, Cynthia (Matthew) Szeliga and their children; Evelyn and Nathan, Vestal, NY, Amanda (Robert) Engle, Albany, NY, Justin Crawford, New Windsor, MD, Elizabeth Santiago and Michael Dyer, Gordonsville, VA and their children, Racheal, Raven, Matthew and Devin, Christopher (Heather) Bellus, Lewisville, TX and their children, Stephen and Christopher Jr, and Kimberly Bellus, Denton, TX and her daughter Isabel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Marie Crawford, sister; Theresa Nugent, brother-in-law; Jim Nugent, daughter; Theresa Bellus, son-in-law; John Bellus, son; Edwin (Ed) Crawford and one great-grandchild; Claire Szeliga.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday April 1, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery with Father Steve Biegler officiating.

 

     
   
     

Carol Louise Dow

February 12, 1921 - March 17, 2015

 

Service to be held:

March 30, 2015

 

Carol Louise Dow, 94, Sturgis, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Carol was born February 12, 1921, in Newell, SD, to Harry and Ivis (Babb) Hogan. She grew up on a ranch about 30 miles north of Newell where she worked herding sheep. She went to school through the eighth grade, which was all that was available to her. Carol married Ray Dow and had two children, Richard and Eileen. She managed Mary’s trailer court and her husband, Ray's, various businesses (he often had more than one) with no computer or calculator. Her home was always open for a cup of coffee or if they needed a place to stay. She took care of countless people, young and old. After moving to her apartment she still took care of anyone who needed it but not in her home.
Carol is survived by her daughter, Eileen Travis, Golden, CO; grandsons, Todd (Kathy) Dow, Burbank, WA, Sam Koontz, Aurora, CO, and Hunter Godsey, Golden, CO; great-grandchildren, Dakota Koontz, Denver, CO, Raymond Romero, Arvada, CO, and Cody Dow and Cassie Bell Collin Dow, both of Burbank, WA; sister, Fay Giannonatti, Sturgis, SD; brother, Jay (Rosemarry) Hogan, Rapid City, SD; sister-in-law, Wanda Hogan, Sturgis, SD; and many beloved nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Margaret Mutchler who put in countless hours caring for Carol.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Dow; one son, Richard Dow; and two brothers, Dale (Pinky) Hogan and Ross Hogan.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals .com.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy Ann Miller

March 19, 1947 - March 19, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dorothy Ann Miller was born March 19, 1947, to John and Katherine Plaggemeyer in Strasburg, ND. She lived in Pollock, SD, moving to Sturgis with her family when she was 13.
Dorothy married Walter Conway. To this marriage, three children were born; Walter, Ronald, and Kathryn. While her kids were growing up, Dorothy was also like a second mother to many of their friends. She always had a funny story to tell about her children and their friends and cousins.
In 1985, Dorothy met Robert Miller. They were married in 1987. That same year, a son, Jaread, was born.
Dorothy had an undying devotion to family, especially the young children. They could always find comfort in her arms, especially when being scolded by their parents. Her gentle touch and laid-back attitude gave you a sense of comfort when in her presence.
Dorothy passed away on her 68th birthday, March 19, 2015, after a very short battle with cancer.
Dorothy is survived by her four children, Walter (Donna) Conway, Rapid City, Ronald Conway, Sturgis, Kathryn Hulbert, Sturgis, and Jaread (Amy) Miller, New Salem, ND; four brothers, Jim (Vanessa) Plaggemeyer, Neil (Nancy) Plaggemeyer, Larry (Connie) Plaggemeyer, and Lloyd (Cindy) Plaggemeyer; sister-in-law, Julie Plaggemeyer; nine grandchildren, Cassandra Conway, Janie Conway, Tasha Conway, Jennifer Mertz, Kiley Vansickle, Hannah Conway, Shauna Hulbert, and Kolter and Kasyn Miller; nine great-grandchildren; special someone, Kim; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Robert; granddaughter, Kira; three brothers, Dick, Ronnie, and Gary Plaggemeyer; and sister, Anna Marie.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Sturgis Senior Citizens Center in memory of Dorothy.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church with Pastor Dan Ziebarth officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Rosmaye Laverna Steward

September 15, 1937 - March 10, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, March 16, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Rosmaye Laverna Steward, 77, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at her home in Sturgis.
Rosmaye was born in Alva, OK, to Charles Fred and Edna Aline Crouch on September 15, 1937. She spent most of her childhood on the family farm until they moved to Alva when she was 14 years old. She was the oldest of 3 and treasured her younger siblings, Charlene and Charlie.
She met her future husband, Wilbur "Bub" Steward when they were both attending Oklahoma Northwestern College in Alva. They married on August 26, 1955. They both graduated with teaching degrees and eventually relocated to South Dakota, first living in Dupree for 3 years before settling in Sturgis in 1963.
She taught in the Meade County School District eventually becoming the junior high librarian until her retirement in 1989. Rosmaye was always the bookkeeper, organizer, and helpmate for Bub with his many business endeavors. After retiring from teaching, they always enjoyed golfing and snowbirding to Arizona with Bill and Charlene.
Rosmaye was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was an avid lifelong learner and instilled a love of learning in her entire family. She loved family gatherings with all her grandchildren home from far away. She loved to cook with her granddaughters, play cards, and always had a crossword puzzle in progress someplace. She was the heart the family gathered around.
She is survived by her daughters, Donna Denker, Rapid City, Dena (Darrell Anderson) Steward, Westminster, CO, and Darci (Bruce) Weyrich, Sturgis; five grandchildren, Jennifer Denker, Denver, CO, Jake Denker, Rapid City, Dr. Laura (Dr. Justin) Weyrich-VanderBerg, Adelaide, Australia, Keith Weyrich, Sturgis, and Macki Anderson, Minneapolis; and her beloved sister, Charlene (Bill) Koch, Jay, OK. She is also survived by her dear friend, Ginni Brandt; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bub; her father, Charlie; her mother, Aline; and her brother, Charlie.
Memorial services will be held Monday, March 16, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Heifer International.

 

     
   
     

Dixie Lee Wilson

August 25, 1936 - March 3, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Dixie Lee Wilson, 78, Sturgis, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on March 3, 2015, while in the care of the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Wilson, and their two children, Tyler and Teresa Wilson.
Dixie was one of three children born to Frances and Leander Seefeld on August 25, 1936. The two other siblings of the triplet trio are Donna Maharas and Dennis Seefeld. They also have one older sister, Shirley Pecoy. Dennis Seefeld preceded his sister in death in 2008, and her two sisters still currently reside in Algona, IA.
Dixie's early life was spent working on the family farm and attending a country schoolhouse near Wesley, IA. She was an avid roller skater, entering many competitions with her sister, Donna. Her love of skating was later passed onto her children who are not quite as adept at skating backwards or doing spins but still love it anyway.
Roller skating was one of her many talents. She was also an accomplished and self-taught accordion player, seamstress, and chess player. All of these skills she continued with throughout her life, and enriched the lives of all who knew her through them. Her accordion playing was very popular with neighbor children who liked to watch her play.
After graduating from Wesley High School, she chose to pursue a career in nursing and attended the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital and Nursing School in Marshalltown, IA. She graduated in 1958 and proceeded to have a successful, forty-five year career as a nurse in Iowa, South Dakota, and Southern California. Her concentration throughout most of her career was primarily in Labor and Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care.
Dixie married Jerry Wilson on June 13, 1964, at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Their first child, Tyler, was born in 1972, and their second child, Teresa, was born in 1974.
Throughout her life, Dixie has always committed herself to helping people, whether it was as a Nurse, a wife and mother, or as a friend. The contributions she has made are quite honestly too numerous to count in just a few short paragraphs. Let it just be said that as a nurse she was very influential to all who ever worked with her. As a wife, mother, and friend, she was greatly loved and left a lasting impact that will never be forgotten.
One of the most challenging battles Dixie had to contend with was cancer. She bravely fought against this enemy twice in the last twenty-five years. After more than a year-long battle she finally succumbed. She was a beautiful and strong person who will be missed by all who knew her.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating.

 

     
   
     

Silas C. Grinstead III

October 20, 1946 - March 6, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of a great man, Silas C. Grinstead III of Sturgis.
Silas was born October 20, 1946, in Mooresville, IN, the son of Silas Carl Grinstead, Jr., and Clara L. Grinstead. He moved to Lake Worth, FL, in 1969 where he worked as a General Contractor. Silas moved to Sturgis, SD, in 1994. He resided in Sturgis for the remainder of his life where he was the owner/operator of Days End Campground. He was married to Debbie Hurt, Jill McKinley, and Lorna Wilbanks.
His hobbies included coaching and watching his grandchildren play sports, woodworking, reading books, and of course riding his Harley Davidson. He looked forward to seeing all of his friends every year at the Sturgis Rally. Silas was a great,great man and an amazing father, son, and brother. He had in incredible effect on so many people's lives. He cast a huge shadow. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his mother, Clara L. Grinstead; sister, Janice Grinstead; son, Silas C. Grinstead IV; daughter, Gena Rodman; son, Greg Hare; stepson, William McKenzie; stepdaughter, Sarah McKenzie; 15 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ron Ledford officiating.

 

     
   
     

Dustin Lee Jutting

May 23, 1986 - March 2, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dustin Lee Jutting, 28, passed into Heaven on Monday, March 2, 2015, as a result of a car accident. Dustin lived in Wright, WY, but Sturgis was his home.
Dustin was born May 23, 1986, to parents Bob and Donna (Hemenway) Jutting. Dustin had a love for baseball, lawn mowers and small engine repair. Dustin loved to go to auctions and make business deals with his brother, Justin. He had a memorable sense of humor and was always trying to put a smile on everyone’s face. Most of all Dustin was a family man who loved spending time with his fiancée, Jen, son, Chase, and his family.
Dustin is survived by his son, Chase Dustin Jutting; his parents, Bob and Donna Jutting; sisters, Christi Wells and Misty Jutting; brother, Justin (Katy) Jutting; and grandmothers, Marge Jutting and Violet Hemenway. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dustin entered Heaven with his fiancée, Jennifer Griffith, and newborn son, Carter Lee Jutting. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Melvin Jutting and Leslie Hemenway; brother, Jason Jutting; unlce, Rodney Hemenway; and aunt, Nancy Eckhart.
Visitation will be Monday, March 9th from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating. The family requests casual attire in honor of Dustin.
A memorial fund has been established for Chase Jutting, memorial funds can be sent to PO Box 1072, Sturgis SD 57785.

 

     
   
     

Alfred John Hertel

August 28, 1926 - March 3, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, March 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Alfred John Hertel, 88, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2015, in hospice care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade.
Alfred was born August 28, 1926, in McLaughlin, SD, to Fred M. and Anna Helen Louise (Zimmerman) Hertel. He was raised on the family farm west of McLaughlin, and attended school in McLaughlin.
Alfred was drafted in the Army where he served in the Military Police from 1944 to 1947.
Alfred married Elnor Eisenbeis on May 17, 1949, in McLaughlin, SD. They started their lives farming in McLaughlin. In 1962, they moved to Central City, SD, and Alfred went to work for Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD, as an underground miner in 1962 where he worked for 29 years, retiring in 1989.
After retirement, Alfred built a home in Sturgis, SD, where he and his bride (Elnor) of over 65 years live still today.
Alfred played many rolls in his life, loving husband and father, farmer, miner, entrepreneur, and carpenter.
He was baptized in the Lutheran faith in McLaughlin, SD. He raised his family in the Lutheran faith in Lead, SD.
Alfred loved to build. He built 2 homes, remodeled many on a large scale, but also built furniture to windmills to bird houses on a small scale. If you would visit him at their home, you’d probably find Alfred building something in his garage or checking his gardens, but he’d gladly break away just to play cards or marbles with his family and friends.
Alfred is survived by his loving wife, Elnor; five children; ten brothers; one sister; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Fred M. and Anna (Zimmerman) Hertel; step-mother, Hildagard Billigmeier (Dobler) Hertel; six brothers; one sister; one child in infancy; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Fort Meade Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Edwin H. Shearer II

July 27, 1935 - February 24, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Private Services Will Be Held At A Later Date

 

Lt. Col. Edwin H. Shearer II, Retired USAF, 79, Piedmont, SD, died February 24, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Ed is survived by wife, Kay Shearer; children, Dana Pierse, Ed Shearer III, Paula Hall, and Jon Shearer; half-sister, Linda Shearer-Fowler; stepchildren, Amy Wallin and Aric Davidson; and grandchildren.

 

     
   
     

Carol Davis Junek

September 16, 1926 - February 28, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Carol Davis Junek, 88, retired librarian, passed away on February 28, 2015 at Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center in Sturgis. In addition to her many years of library service, she will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, who selflessly cared for others and quietly, yet persistently, managed her own care even as her health declined in the past year.
Carol Ann Collins was born September 16, 1926, in Montevideo, MN, as the second youngest of nine children born to Nicholas and Nellie Collins. She graduated from Presentation School of Nursing in Aberdeen in 1947. Following graduation she worked as a cadet nurse at the Ft. Meade Veterans Administration Medical Center. She married Sturgis resident and longtime barber Dale A. Davis on October 16, 1948.
Carol began her library career in 1959 working part-time at the Sturgis Public Library. She was named librarian in March 1966. Under her leadership, the library modernized and expanded, and was frequently recognized by the State Library Commission for providing outstanding service to the community. During this time, the Sturgis Library began providing school library services and operating a bookmobile throughout a 3,000 square mile area. Carol oversaw installation of the first computer in the library and was well-versed in various technologies. In 1974, the South Dakota Library Commission honored Carol as Librarian of the Year, the second person to ever receive this award. Governor Bill Janklow proclaimed November 16, 1985 as Carol Davis Day to honor her career at the Sturgis Public Library. Her children believed she had read every book in the library, a notion she never dispelled.
In 1986 she retired from the Sturgis Public Library and became a reference librarian in the medical library of Rapid City Regional Hospital, a position she held until her retirement in 1996. Carol was honored with the Distinguished Service Award in 1997 at ceremonies held at the South Dakota Library Association’s Annual Conference in October of that year. She was cited for her 37 years of service to library patrons in South Dakota and for her commitment to the South Dakota Library Association as a 30-year member. Her dedication to her profession and to her community set a standard for others to follow, according to the citation.
Dale and Carol were married 48 years, during which time they raised three children and enjoyed golf, snowmobiling, traveling and many other activities. While in Sturgis, Carol was active in the Republican Party, PEO, Zonta, Presbyterian Women, the Sturgis Arts Council and Delta Kappa Gamma. Dale and Carol moved to County Club Village in Spearfish in 1987 where they enjoyed a new community and many new friends. Dale died on October 9, 1996.
Carol married Gerald Junek of Spearfish on Dec. 15, 1997. They enjoyed 12 years together, which was complicated, but not derailed, by an injury that disabled Jerry soon after their marriage. Carol accepted the challenge of caring for Jerry at home with the same love, grace and sense of purpose that characterized everything she did throughout her life.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings, husbands Dale Davis and Gerald Junek. She is survived by two daughters, Lauren (Stuart) Kingsbery of Louisville, CO, and Peggy (Pat) Cheever of Castle Pines, CO; son, Robert Davis of Sturgis; four grandchildren, John Cheever (Megan), Atlanta, GA, Kelli Cheever, Washington, DC, Kate Kingsbery, Denver, CO, and Sarah Kingsbery, Kyle, TX. Also surviving is her brother, Roy Collins of Joliet, IL; many nieces and nephews; and other extended family members.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established at the Sturgis Public Library in honor of Carol.

 

     
   
     

Jeanne M. Reed

September 23, 1924 - February 23, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, March 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Jeanne was born Jeanne Marilyn Mc Clure on September 23, 1924, in Aurora, IL, to Dr. Chauncy McClure and Doris Lillian Benson McClure. They later moved to Valley Springs, SD, where she graduated from high school. She went on to college, and later met and married Cecil A. Reed on May 19, 1946.
Jeanne and Cecil had five children, four sons: Richard, Timothy, Jeffrey, and Mark Reed and one daughter, Deborah (Reed) Borton. During their marriage, they lived in various states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Nebraska, to name a few. They always had a love for South Dakota and moved to Rapid City in the late 1960’s and she resided there until present.
She spent many years as a caring parent and working along with her husband in various businesses. For a time, they owned hospitality businesses, and she was involved as a partner in these endeavors.
Later in her life, Jeanne went back to school for Nursing and became an LPN. She spent many years caring for others. She shared her great capacity for love and caring at various facilities: Rapid City Hospital, Westhills Village, Hot Springs VA, Ft. Meade VA, and Victorian Assisted Living Home until she retired.
She has shared her love with her children, grandchildren, and several adopted grandchildren, as well as numerous great- grandchildren. All were blessed to share in the love and attention that comes from a loving parent and grandparent. She had a great capacity for caring and shared this with all who knew her.
Jeanne has touched many lives in her long lifetime and will be greatly missed.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil, and one son, Timothy.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sunday March 1, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Elder Leonard Geidel officiating. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Edward Harrison Kleinheksel

July 21, 1947 - February 18, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Sunday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Edward H. Kleinheksel, 67, Whitewood, passed away February 18, 2015, at his home. He was born July 21, 1947, in Ft. Pierre, SD, to Alfred and Anna Kleinheksel.
Edward moved to Lead, SD, and attended school there. In later years moved to Whitewood, SD. He worked at Homestake for 35 years as a Miner.
He loved having fun, calving out cows, farming, haying, running and driving tractors and all aspects of the ranching life.
He is survived by by one brother, Dale and Virginia Keinheksel of Freeman, SD; nephews, Donnie and Dave; his nieces, Michelle, Lisa, Barb, and Debbie; and numerous, great-nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Anna Kleinheksel, and one brother, Roy Kleinheksel.
Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. February 22, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis,SD.
Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Melvin Drews

July 8, 1929 - February 17, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Melvin Drews went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
He was born July 8, 1929, to August and Ruth Drews in McCook, NE. He attended school there and played football for the McCook High School Bison. They became state champions in 1946 and the team was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Following high school, he graduated from North Central Bible College with a degree in Theology.
On September 7, 1951, he married Bonnie Berndt. Together, they worked in several Assembly of God churches. Later, they moved to California where he began his construction career. He supervised many large construction projects including the church they attended in Hawthorne, CA. Melvin also went on several construction mission trips to Arizona, Africa, El Salvador, and Panama.
In 1977, Melvin and Bonnie purchased the Deadwood KOA campground and met many friends and visitors until they retired in 1995. After retirement, they moved to Sturgis.
He loved woodworking and model trains and spent many hours doing both. He also loved watching the Nebraska Cornhusker football team play.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 63 years, Bonnie; three daughters, Collette (Jason) Holmes of Lomita, CA, Cheryl (Mike) Glanzer of Lead, SD, and Anitra (Don) McKnight of Sturgis, SD; their son, Alan of Sturgis, SD; nine grandchildren, Shanna (Phil) Carnehl, Stacee Holmes, Susanna Holmes, Elise (Dusty) Hess, Evan Glanzer, Aimee (Brad) Bell, Aaron (April) McKnight, Adam McKnight, and Aric McKnight; and two great-grandchildren, Vienna McKnight and Joel Hess.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and three brothers.
Visitation will be Friday, February 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church, 240 W Highway 14, Spearfish, with Pastors S. Robert Maddox, Paul Thompson, and Mark Chaplin officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Assembly of God Missions and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Herbert Louis Baldwin

February 4, 1924 - February 14, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, February 23, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.

 

Herbert Louis Baldwin, 91, of Sturgis, SD, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2014, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade.
Herbert was born February 4, 1924, in Newell, SD, to Sophia C. and Louis B. Baldwin. He attended school in the lower grades in Red Owl schools and in the Vale community where he graduated from High School in 1943 with a class of ten. Herbert worked on his father's ranch, helping with sheep, cattle, and farming.
Herb proudly served his country, as a member of the US Army from December 29, 1948, to August 6, 1949.
On March 1, 1950, he married Goldie Miller. They lived and worked on his father's ranch from 1950 to 1961. He later worked as an electrician, plumber, carpenter, and ranch hand, building their home in Sturgis. They raised three daughters; Teresa, Renee, and Tina. After 41 years of marriage, Goldie passed away in 1991.
Much of Herb s enjoyment was to read about our nation's history, rock and artifact hunting, photography, bottle digging, hunting, fishing, and gold panning.
Herb retired from the S D Highway Dept. in 1983 where he had served as Maintenance Supervisor for 22 years.
Herb was a founding/lifetime member of the Western Dakota Antique Club and participated in the WDAC Steam and Gas threshing Bee since 1969. He was an active member of the Buttons and Bows Square Dance Club.
In 1992, Herb married a high school classmate, Veora Johnson Bliss. They had been married for 23 years.
He is survived by his wife, Veora; sister, Helen Komes, Sturgis, SD; a brother, Duane Baldwin, Yuma, AZ; three daughters, Teresa Baldwin of Germantown, MD, Renee Kluck of Sturgis, and Tina Cox of Greenbrier, TN; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; six step-children; and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Herb was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 41 years, Goldie Baldwin; and a sister, Edith Palmer.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 23, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Henrique Fleming and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Memorial Building at Western Dakota Antique Club and the Children's Miracle Network.

 

     
   
     

Trula M. Fields

May 27, 1923 - February 13, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015

 

Trula Marcella (Horn) Fields passed away Friday, February, 13, 2015 at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center in Belle Fourche, SD. She was 91.
Trula was born May 27, 1923 to Franklin Sturgis and Rosie (Layne) Horn. She was born near Quinlan, OK. Trula was the first girl born in a family of 13 grown children. She took on early responsibility helping to raise her younger siblings when her mother Rosie died from childbirth complications. Trula was only six when her mother died at age 39. Rosie had 11 children but two died when small. Trula's step-mother was Josie Harris Horn, and she had four more children with Frank. Trula's childhood was during the "Dirty Thirties" in Oklahoma. This instilled in her the values of hard work, honesty and the deep feeling for our Lord. She truly tried to live her life in those beliefs.
Trula graduated from Quinlan High School in 1941. She married Charles "Bill" Milton Fields in Woodward, OK on May 29, 1941, two days after her 18th birthday. This union lasted 73 years. Their first two children, Charlene and Billy, were born in Oklahoma. In December 1946, Bill and Trula and their two young children moved to a ranch south of Dupree, SD. Bill managed the ranch that was purchased one year earlier.
Shortly after their arrival, Trula was asked to teach in a "Country School". That was the beginning of a very long, dedicated, and decorated education journey. She taught for several years at three rural schools; Sunnybrook, Fairview, and White Swan. Her students loved her and remembered her, as she inspired learning. While she taught, she spent many summers attending summer school at Northern State and Black Hills College. Bob and Bernie were born by then, and they also went to Summer School. She received her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education in 1960 from Northern State, and her M.S. Degree in Administration in 1972 from Black Hills State University.
Trula was Ziebach County Superintendent of School in 1957. She was Head Start Director on the Cheyenne River Reservation from 1965-69. She was Teacher Corp Director for Eagle Butte School District in 1970-71. She taught both in Dupree and Eagle Butte until moving to Vale, SD in 1979. Then she became Elementary Principal in Newell, SD, from 1979-1991 when she retired. She served 22 years in teaching and 20 years as an administrator.
Retirement allowed Trula to pursue her love of family, sewing, quilting, art, gardening, water aerobics and writing a book entitled "A Baker's Dozen". This book tells her life story in Oklahoma and then in South Dakota, especially focusing on the Great Depression. Trula was named Ziebach County Historian of the Year in 2013.
Survivors are her children, Charlene (David) Schmidt, Brandon, SD, Billy (Nancy) Fields, Sturgis, SD, Robert (Evon) Fields, Great Falls, MT, and Bernard (Vicky) Fields, Sturgis, SD; Grandchildren, Camille (Adam) Lewis, Hartford, SD, Mark (Cindy) Schmidt, Gettysburg, SD, Paul Schmidt, Brandon, SD, Michael (Donna) Fields, Torrington, WY, Jason (Jaclyn) Fields, Sturgis, SD, Joshua Fields, Phoenix, AZ, Marci (John) Ridle, Chatham, IL, Amanda (Blake) Ladage, Chatham, IL, Stacey (Aric) Balster, Whitewood, SD, Lisa (Robert) Moore, Gillette, WY, David (Terri) Fields, Black Hawk, SD; Trula also had 17 great-grandchildren. The only surviving sibling is John (Koula) Horn, Athens Greece.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Charles "Bill" Fields, who died November 26, 2014. She also lost her first born son, Ralph Milton, at birth; her eight brothers and three sisters, Calvin, Walter, Harvey, Jesse, Leroy, Mike, Pat, Marlow, Leatha, Annabelle and Lavetta.
Visitation will be 5:00pm until 7:00 pm Tuesday February 17, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Ron Ledford officiating. Burial follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Ziebach County Historical Society.

 

     
   
     

Faith Sorlie Andersen

March 27, 1929 - February 2, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

 

Faith Sorlie (Spear) Andersen, 85, went to her heavenly home on February 2, 2015, in Bartlett, TN.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Rev. Vernon Andersen in 1994.
She is survived by her sister, Marion (Edward) Eskildsen of Claremont, CA; her brother, Ralph (Nina) Spear of Graham, NC; and her three treasured children, Lisa West of Cordova, TN, Marie Strohm (Tim Goldammer) of Cocoa, FL, and Mark (Arlene) Andersen of Bowie, MD. She also loved and cherished her grandchildren, Josh, Matt, Katie, and Alexandra, and her great-grandchildren, Tristan, Faydra, Jordyn, and Jaxon.
Faith was born on March 27, 1929, in Greenville, MI, to Ingborg (Sorlie) Spear and Rev. Christian Ludwig Spear (Sorensen). She graduated from Greenville High and studied for two years at Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, MN. She took her RN degree at Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Moline, IL.
Faith established her career as a surgical nurse in Illinois and Michigan until she met and married Rev. Vernon Andersen in 1958 and moved to Hazard, NE. Faith partnered with Vernon in Lutheran ministry for 35 years in six parishes in Nebraska and South Dakota, and returned to work as a nurse in Madison, SD, and for the Veteran’s Administration in both Sturgis, SD, and Grand Island, NE. When she retired from nursing, Faith traveled to visit her family and friends, and to explore. She visited Japan, Thailand, Spain, Switzerland, France, England, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Scotland, along with Hawaii and Alaska among a plethora of domestic destinations.
Faith will be greatly missed by her family and friends for her deeply caring nature, kindness, and graciousness. She was a blessing to those whose lives she touched.
Visitation will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, SD, on Friday, February 20th from 5 – 7 PM.
The celebration of her life will be held at Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church, 16155 Spring Valley Road, Piedmont, SD, on February 21, 2015, at 1:30 PM. Interment will be in Black Hills National Cemetery on Monday, February 23rd.

 

     
   
     

Dennie L. Simonson

May 17, 1928 - January 26, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 AM Friday January 30, 2015

 

Dennie L. Simonson, 86, Sturgis, died Monday, January 26, 2015, peacefully at home. Dennie was born May 17, 1928 in Timberlake, SD. He spent his childhood in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana; graduating from Corvallis, MT, in 1947.

He worked as a carpenter, and then joined the United States Navy, in 1951, serving for four years. After the Navy he went to college and graduated Utah State University. During his college years he began his career with the Soil Conservation Service that spanned thirty years. He also helped begin the Range program that was integrated into 4-H at Broadus, MT. He helped organize Range and Wildlife camps in South Dakota.

After retiring he did some consultant work. He also used his time to help anyone resolve conflict with government agencies and did so free of charge.

He is survived by his wife, Leith; children, Kristi Kym (Scott) Bramwell, Kari (Jim) Russell, Kurt (Kathy) Simonson and Kendra (Eric) Garland. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Simonson; brother, Larry Simonson; grandson, Jory Russell.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January, 30, 2015 at the Lifespring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Memorial has been established to South Dakota 4-H


 

     
   
     

Fred "Bud" Anderson

July 13, 1923 - January 4, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm Monday, January 12, 2015

 

Fred “Bud” Anderson, 86, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
Fred was born July 13, 1928 in Sturgis, SD to Louis and Elgie (Gardner) Anderson. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Bud also worked in maintenance for the Ft. Meade VA Hospital until his retirement. On November 9, 1968, Bud Married Marian Butts. They were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sturgis.
Bud is survived by his brother, Darol Anderson; sister-in-law, Geraldine Anderson; sister-in-law, Pat Anderson; sister-in-law Judy Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marian; parents, Louie and Elgie; three brothers, Kenneth Anderson, Richard Anderson, Robert Anderson; and two sisters, Louise Scholl and Lois Botta.
Visitation will be 12:00pm to 1:30 pm Monday, January 12, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Monday, January 12, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis with Mr. Jim Hanhardt officiating. Military honors will be provided be the Sturgis Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Judy Schweigerdt

March 21, 1944 - December 30, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Judith “Judy” Schweigerdt walked the path to heaven on December 30, 2014.
She is survived by her husband James “Jim”; four sons Jerry (Cassie), Rapid City, Jeff, Rapid City, Jack (Sheryl), Pahrump, NV and John “JR” (Christina), Boulder, CO. Five grandchildren Mathew, Charles, Abigail, Andrew and Luke. One sister Henrietta (Kenny) McNenny and one brother Merle Dale (Linda) Young. Sister-in-law Janice (Dennis) Booth. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was also considered an adopted mother for many individuals.
She was preceded in death by her parents Merle and Jennie Young and one brother Gerald Young.
A memorial has been established, in lieu of flowers, please consider Nathan Adelson Hospice of Pahrump, Nevada. Services to be held at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Rapid City, SD on January 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Bruce Baum officiating.
Judy was born in Sturgis, SD on March 21, 1944, to Merle and Jennie Young. She moved to Rapid City, SD in the early fifties and attended school in Rapid City and worked for various employers until her marriage to Jim Schweigerdt on October 28, 1960. She liked bowling and coached many junior bowlers through the years. Later in life, she worked out of the home as a bookkeeper. On a Sunday afternoon, you could quite often find her shouting “B-I-N-G-O” at the local TREA. She cherished the moments working outdoors in the garden and doting over her flowers. She loved running around “treasure hunting” at various garage and rummage sales with friends. She enjoyed making Jim think he was the boss. Her concern was the well-being of her family and friends.

 

     
   
     

George Michael Medley

April 8, 1931 - January 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10:00am

 

George Michael Medley, 83, Sturgis, died at the VAMC Ft. Meade Hospice from complications of Parkinson's Disease. In his final moments, he was surrounded by family and he passed peacefully into God's hands on January 1, 2015.
Visitation will be from noon to 7:00pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. A rosary will be said Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial for George will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. He will be laid to rest at Black Hills National Cemetery at 11:30am with military honors provided by Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
George was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 8, 1931. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force. George loved the Air Force life and served with honor--including a tour in Vietnam--until his retirement in 1974. His last posting was to Ellsworth AFB, where he and Joyce fell in love with the Black Hills. They decided Rapid City would be the ideal place to raise their large brood of children.
After retiring from his various civilian jobs, George and Joyce moved to Boulder Canyon. He occupied himself with golfing, tinkering in his shop, and solving the world's problem with the Sturgis McDonald's Coffee Klatch each morning.
George was a man of rare talents, and his most useful skill was 'selective hearing.' He could also wiggle his ears on command, much to the amazement and delight of his young daughters. His greatest joy was his family and nothing made him happier than enjoying a beer with his sons.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the Ft. Meade VAMC--most especially the Community Living Center and Hospice staff. Their care, kindness, and compassion has been a blessing during this difficult time. Also thank you to Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis for their expert assistance with arrangements.
George is survived by his wife Joyce of 62 years, children Michael (Gina), Terry (Song Mi), Gayle (Tom) Ogle, Kathy (Andy) Simonson, Patrick, James, Susan, and Diana (Jack) Henris, twelve grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. George was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.
A memorial has been established to the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

James "Jim" Edmiston

September 29, 1932 - December 25, 2014

 

Service to be held:

No Services At This Time

 

Lt. Col (Ret.) James R. “Jim” Edmiston, 82, of Rapid City, SD, died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at his home.
Jim was born September 29, 1932, in Mt. Carmel, PA, to Robert and Erma Edmiston. A graduate of Livingston, Illinois High School Class of 1950, he attended Blackburn College before entering the U.S. Air Force. Beginning as a navigator aboard air refueling aircraft, he deployed multiple times during the Vietnam conflict, retiring after 20 years of service.
He operated an income tax preparation business in Staunton, Illinois for 18 years. After retiring to Rapid City, he enjoyed golfing with many friends over the years. He was a long-time member of Elks Lodge #1187.
He is survived by his wife Ann, son James (Susan) of Glen Carbon, IL, daughter Holly of St. Louis, MO, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
No services are planned. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate to your preferred charity in Jim’s name.

 

     
   
     

Ronald Lee Heil

July 17, 1965 - December 24, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, December 29, 2014

 

Ronald L. Heil, 49, Newell, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Known by his best friends as "Homer", Ron was born July 17, 1965 at Sturgis, SD, to Donald J and Hazel A. (Kinney) Heil. He graduated from Newell High School in 1983. After that he went to Mitchell Vo-Tech for auto-mechanics. Ron then came back to Newell where he did various jobs that included ditch-work and mechanic work. Ron would drop everything to lend a hand to those who needed help, but his passion was working with his best friends Al and Les Page at 212-79 Service Center, which he did for 35 years. He could fix anything, especially when it came to mechanics, and would resurrect the oldest cars for Sonja to drive, just to save on the newer cars.
In July 11, 1998, Ron married the love of his life, Sonja L. Roe and on September 20, 2001 they had a daughter, Jessica. She was his pride and joy and he rarely went anywhere without her. He taught Jessica everything she knows (whether or not her mother approved)! Ron, Sonja and Jessica shared a love of horses and enjoyed trail rides and taking Jess to Rodeos. He was especially talented at giving Jessica’s horse “Nick” special pep talks before entering the arena.
Ron had many hidden talents. He and his sidekick, Jessica, sang many songs and he taught her several of his favorites like "Come Sail Away", "The Beverly Hillbillies", and the "Rodeo" song. He was quite the cook and unbeknown to many, he wrote poetry. He loved to hunt, fish, tell jokes and to make everything "FUN", especially for those folks that might be having a bad day.
Survivors include his wife Sonja Heil, Newell; daughter, Jessica Heil, Newell; mother, Hazel Heil, Newell; sister, Dawn (Henry) Erk, Rapid City; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Alfred "Al" Wenzel

June 23, 1942 - December 16, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Sevices will be at a later date

 

Alfred "Al" Wenzel passed away Dec.16, 2014 at his home in Hermosa, SD.
He was born at Grindstone, SD the son of Paul Alfred Wenzel and Alene Danley on June 23, 1942. Al attended Alfalfa Valley School and Wasta Elementery School.
He graduated from Quinn High in 1961. He was the drummer and youngest member of the "Gumbo Lily Kids" family band. He enjoyed country music.
Al married Judith Rhynard and to this union four children were born: Trace, Terry, Victoria and Justin Wenzel. Al was parts manager for John Deere Company in Cheyenne WY 1965-1968, Casper WY 1968-1971 then in Belleglade, FL 1971-1976.
He married Carol Scheenen Dec. 28 2005 at Wall, SD together they owned and operated the Sunrise Campground and Rock Shop in Wasta. After retiring he moved to Hermosa, SD and ran his own tractor and lawn mower repair.
Al is survived by his wife Carol and Step son Warren and wife Wendy Scheenen; children Trace Wenzel, Minot ND; Terry / Gary Rantala, and Justin Wenzel, all of Ocala, FL, Victoria Behen, Dallas, GA; Six Grandchildren Cody, Brooke, Sean, Makinsey, Steven and Rodney, his twin sister, Aline/ Dennis Rhode of Ogalalla, NE, sister, Gailia "Gay" (Richard) Hadlock of Wasta, SD. He had a host of cousins, nieces and nephews; a half- sister Rosemary Dickey of Priceston, IA and half- brother Wayne Wenzel of NV.
Al was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Jeanette, two half brothers, Arnold and Paul, and one half-sister Viola Sowles.
Al's wishes were no funeral or memorial service. The dispersal of his ashes will take place at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Jesse A. Moreland

June 23, 1930 - December 17, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

 

A tribute to our Dad, Jesse Moreland
From Allan, Arla, Quint, Valerie, Denise

Our Dad was unique, a special sort of fella. He was not swayed or guided by fads or politics. He knew what was right and did not compromise his convictions. He asked Jesus into his heart as a young man and determined to lead his family in the ways of the Lord. He expected us kids to “behave our britches”. He earned our respect because he lived what he believed. His faith was deep, not showy or sugar coated. It was just there- always present.
He loved our Mom deeply, his bride of 57 years. “Upon meeting Mom for the first time under the yard light at the ranch,” he told us kids, “It was love at first sight”. He knew she was the one, married her, and kept his vow to love and cherish her as long as he lived. Together they ranched on his parents, Jess and Mollie Moreland’s homestead where he was born on June 23, 1930, grew up, and then died, never leaving his beloved ranch.
Dad was always good to his horses and livestock. His horse would become one of his best friends as together they would tackle calving season, riding the hills of the ranch, and gathering cattle in all sorts of weather. Dad especially had a fondness for Hereford cattle. He was like a shepherd to his cattle and could rattle off their tag number just by looking at them.
He took great pleasure in his family working beside him on the ranch. He was particular and expected things to be done the right way from hanging up your bridle to shutting the gate. He broke many a horse with his kids watching, learning and then participating alongside him. Riding beside Dad was serious business, yet an unexplainable thrill at the same time. We looked up to him, “He was our hero”.
Our memories with Dad are in every corner of this ranch, from his team to feeding, calving, haying, and sorting, to his spot at the table or his chair with a “neat” stack of magazines or newspapers piled beside it. We grew up listening to Country music greats such as Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, or other Grand Ole Opry singers. We won’t be able to listen to the Gaither Band sing without thinking of Dad and his love for Gospel music and the old Pentecostal hymns. From our youth to our adulthood, we played hard together and had incredible memories such as ice skating, water fights, Easter egg hunts and Christmas’ with Santa, driving the team, trailing cattle, and family meals around the table. One of Dad’s favorites was homemade ice cream which little did we know would come to be one of the last pleasures he would be able to enjoy.
Dad enjoyed teasing his wife, his children, and then finally his grandchildren. The grandchildren would complain that they couldn’t always tell when Granddad was teasing which made it even more fun for Dad.
The people of the Red Owl community and our neighbor communities were special to Dad. He was proud to call you friend. Those at Prairie Bible Church of God, the church he helped establish & build, meant a great deal to him as well. Thank you all for the part you played in his life.
We count it a privilege and thank God that we all could be with Mom as we watched Dad take his final breath in the very house he was born in. We watched him “Go home to be with the one who loves him even more than we do, his Lord and Savior”. We miss you already Dad and look forward to seeing you in “Glory land”.
Survivors include Jesse’s wife, Carolyn; Jesse’s children, Allan (Susan) Moreland with sons Nick & Tyrel (Carson); Arla (Cliff) Chord with daughters Carri (Darren) Odle & Becki (Bill) Clemons; Quint (Jody) Moreland with family Seth, Sage, Jake, Shanna, Bailey, & Kyanne; Valerie (Dave) Samuelson with daughter Davina (Will) McClain & sons Joe (Darian), Justin, Chet; Denise (Kelly) Martin with daughter Tacey & sons Teegan, Landon, and Latham & Tregg; twelve great-grandchildren; Jesse’s sisters, Dottie Mae Beckloff & June Thompson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, and two brother-in-laws.
Memorials have been established to Sunshine Bible Academy and Prairie Bible Church of God.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Central Meade County Community Center with Pastors Wes Labrier and Bob James officiating. Burial will follow at the Red Owl Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Janet Rae Harwood

May 30, 1942 - December 14, 2014

 

Service to be held:

No Services

 

Janet Rae Olson was born May 30, 1942 at New Underwood SD to Robert and Helen Olson

She attended school in New Underwood and excelled at the school of life. On June 28, 1959 she married Boyd Harwood in Rapid City a union which lasted 40 years. Together the enjoyed living in many areas while Boyd worked for Boeing,in Sedalia,MO, which was her favorite and Cheyenne, WY. In 1970 they moved back to the family ranch and built a home south of Union Center where she enjoyed raising baby chicks and her children and grandchildren. This is where she perfected her lawn and garden skills as the garden could feed many friends and family who stopped by often. They moved to Pleasant Valley south of Sturgis in 1989 where She was currently living.

Janet was first and foremost a beloved and busy Mom of four, who she considered to be her greatest accomplishment. She was active in all aspects of her children's lives from 4-H to FHA, FFA, Farmers Union youth groups as well as traveling the motorcycle racing circuit. She chaperoned and served as driver to many functions for many children and helped to shape lives of numerous young people in the community. She was a Mom to many that were not her children and a friend to all. Her greatest achievement that she was most proud of was “She was a good Mom!” She also was active in ABC Women's Club.

She had many achievements in business life. She was a top Watkins Representative in the nation. She was also a lifetime member of Farmers Union and District 5 Education Leader.

Her children accomplished many things for her to be proud of cheer leaders, football players, motorcycle racers, (with two state Moto Cross Championships, one AMA Regional ½ mile champion, FFA officers in Sturgis and New Underwood, two state farmers, one state officer and one American Farmer recipient. She was a long time 4H leader and was proud of all the children who participated in 4H with one state 4H council member, one national leadership recipient. As a member of Farmers Union she saw her children grow and learn with 2 children on the Junior Advisory Council.

Janet also worked outside the home as a secretary and book keeper for many and continued to work until the time of her death. She was also known as the Watkins Lady having started as a distributor with the company in 1980 and excelling to the level of Bronze Manager. She thoroughly enjoyed working the trade shows over the years and especially enjoyed the Black Hills Stock Show where she could catch up with long-time friends and customers.

Janet was active until the end and was especially proud of her beautiful yard and flower gardens, which were the envy of many!

Janet held a special place in the hearts of many and is survived by her children, Karla, Russell (Brittany), Mark, Tim (Christi) Harwood. Grandchildren Charles, Angela(Kevin) and Isaac and step grandchildren Tammie, Anna and Christopher and several great grandchildren. Sister Faye (Larry) Volmer and brother Dale (Dorothy)Olson and ex husband Boyd Harwood. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Per her wishes there are to be no funeral services. Please do not send flowers, but if you would like to send a card it may be sent to :
Kinkade Funeral Chapel
1235 Junction Ave.
Sturgis, SD 57785

 

     
   
     

Dallas Tinnell

July 27, 1930 - December 18, 2014

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm Thursdsday December 18, 2014

 

Dallas James Tinnell, 84, Sturgis, died, Friday, December 12, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Whitewood Presbyterian Church with Pastor Steve Agan officiating.

Dallas was born July 27, 1930, in Pender Nebraska to Frank and Emma (Spotted Eagle) Tinnell. He grew up on the family farm and attended school thru the 8th grade in Valentine, NE. Expanding his knowledge and learning was important and he never stopped throughout his lifetime.

Dallas moved to the Deadwood area in 1944 where he started cutting and hauling posts, he also worked in construction before starting to work at Bald Mt. Mining Co. for 11 years. He then worked at Homestake Mining Co. for 28 years before being seriously hurt in a mining accident upon which he retired in 1992. During this time he was president of the Local #7744 Steel Workers Union from, 1977-1985. Dallas married the love of his life Darline Janas on September 12, 1968.

Dallas was a hard worker and very proud of his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working whith horses. Dallas was and excellent gardener and always shared the bounties of his effort with friends, loved ones and food shelters.

Just mention a card game and he was in! He loved the weekly poker games at the Hide-a-Way in Whitewood. Seeing the extended family of friends from poker was always a highlight of his week.

Dallas is survived by his wife, Darline, Whitewood; daughter, Maralea (Dennis) Schatz, Williston, ND; four sons, Rock (Beaner) Reman, Whitewood, Randy (Julie) Tinnell, Whitewood, Rick (Jolene) Tinnell, Lead, and Clay (Kali) Greer, SC; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Tinnell; granddaughter, Samantha Tinnell; sister, Joan Stalder; niece, Kela Stalder; and brother-in-law, Leon Stalder.

 

     
   
     

Leland Keith Brink

August 24, 1938 - December 11, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, December 15, 2014

 

Leland Keith Brink was born August 24, 1938, in Sturgis to Murel and Doris (Dickson) Brink. Leland attended school in Union Center and graduated from Sturgis High School. He was married to Janet Symonds in Sturgis on February 21, 1959.
The couple followed construction for 2 years in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. They settled in Sturgis where he worked for Meade County doing road maintenance until 1970. They moved to Hulett, WY, where they spent the next 36 years. He drove truck for the sawmills and spent the last 17 years working for Crook County Road and Bridge.
Leland retired in 2005 because of his health. They moved to Belle Fourche in 2006.
Leland, 76, Belle Fourche, died Thursday, December 11, 2014, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, after battling Progressive Super Nuclear Palsy (PSP) for eleven years.
Survivors include his wife, Janet, Belle Fourche; daughter, Debra, Belle Fourche; and son and daughter-in-law, Murel and Christie, Gillette, WY.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bart Leland; a daughter, LaDonna Lynn; and two brothers, Johnnie and Wayne.
Graveside services were held Monday, December 15, 2014, at Black Hills National Cemetery with Pastor David Baer officiating.
A memorial will be established to the Progressive Super Nuclear Palsy Foundation.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Lois Ileen Fiedler

December 12, 1935 - December 7, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Lois Ileen Fiedler, 78, Black Hawk, died Sunday, December 7, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Graveside services will be held Friday, December 12, 2014, at Black Hills National Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Margie Hershey officiating.

 

     
   
     

Frederick "Fred" Cha

May 27, 1923 - November 28, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Frederick "Fred" Cha, 91, Sturgis, died Friday, November 28, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Long Term Care.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Black Hills National Cemetery with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Family and friends are welcome to gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel one hour prior.
Fred was born in Mutual, Utah to Italian immigrants, Angelo and Adeline Mary (Pavignano) Cha on May 27, 1923. He grew up in Mutual and attended school there up to the tenth grade. When he wasn't in school, he worked in the coal mine. Shortly after, he was drafted into the United States Army where he worked in security. His first assignment was in Idaho, working at an interment camp for the Japanese. His next assignment was in Arizona, working in a POW camp that had mainly German officers. He made many friends there and even learned some German. After that, he was honorably discharged and moved to California to work for the military base in Alameda, where he was trained and worked as a jet engine mechanic. This job he absolutely loved, showing up early every day. He also enjoyed the weather, riding his motorcycle to work almost every day. He enjoyed going to dances after work, and that is where he met the love of his life, Vesta Blair. They dated for a year before they were married on June 14, 1950, in Oakland, California. Together they bought and ran three apartment buildings in California at different times, and Fred would do maintenance on them in his spare time. After several years, he and Vesta retired, and they later moved to Sturgis in 2004. Fred wanted to get away from traffic and enjoy the small town atmosphere, and they wintered in Chandler, Arizona for five years. Fred and Vesta moved to the Berry unit at Sturgis Regional Long Term Care in 2011, due to health reasons.
Fred and Vesta thoroughly enjoyed everything to do with their 1960 Beachcraft Bonanza. Fred learned how to fly in Utah and they belonged to a flying club, Aircraft Pilots of the Bay Area, in California. He was a member of an Italian Men's Club in Oakland, CA, called Fratalanza. They also liked to camp and fish.
Fred is survived by his wife, Vesta; several nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Marion Cha, Price, UT, and Vera Cha, Helper, UT.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, John, Joe, and Lawrence.
Memorials have been established to the Wounded Warrior Project and Sturgis Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Charles "Bill" Milton Fields

November 30, 1920 - November 26, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 10:00am

 

Charles "Bill" Milton Fields, 93, Sturgis, passed away on November 26, 2014, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Herbert Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with family present.
Bill was born on November 30, 1920, in Curtis, Oklahoma. He was the son of Eva (Weiszbrod) and Ralph Washington Fields, the second of nine children. On May 29, 1941, Bill was united in marriage to Trula Marcella Horn at Woodward, Oklahoma. To this union, five children were born, an infant son (deceased), Charlene (David) Schmidt, Brandon, SD, Billy (Nancy) Fields, Sturgis, SD, Robert (Evon) Fields, Great Falls, MT, and Bernard (Vicky) Fields, Sturgis, SD.
Bill and Trula moved to South Dakota in December 1946, to operate a ranch south of Dupree. South Dakota was their home for the remainder of his life. They lived in Dupree, Eagle Butte, Vale, Sturgis, and Belle Fourche. His life spanned the "Dirty 30's", landing on the moon, 9/11, and ultra-small computers storing infinite information. Three things were constant in his life, his family, gardening, and harmonicas. Bill was a caring and sharing person always offering his large garden produce to his friends, family, and neighbors. His last job was writing grants, and he did that until computers came about.
Also surviving are his wife, Trula, Belle Fourche; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Helen) Fields, British Columbia, CA, and Ronald (Eva Mae) Fields, Washington, AR; sister, Verla (Hollis) Barker, Lincoln, AR; brothers-in-law, Mike (Jean) Horn, Oregon, and John (Koula) Horn, Athens, Greece; and sister-in-law, Patsy Horn, George West, Texas.
Preceding him in death are his parents; infant son; brother, Leon Fields; sisters, Irene Starr, Betty Richardson, and Doris Starr.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Rick" Engleman

June 28, 1961 - November 20, 2014

 

Service to be held:

5:00 pm Monday, November 24, 2014

 

Richard "Rick" Alan Engleman, age 53, left this earth at home on November 20, 2014.
Rick was born on June 28, 1961 in Maine to James and Phyllis(Lee) Engleman. Rick and his family moved to South Dakota after his father was transferred to EAFB. He spent his childhood in the Robbinsdale area of Rapid City and in Box Elder where he graduated with honors from Douglas High School in 1979. Rick attended the School of Mines (blueprint guy : ) ), before working for many years as a baker for Nash Finch. He found his passion for the outdoors and working with his hands as a carpenter, priding himself on the precision and beauty of the structures he help construct. On July 4th, 1988 his life was blessed with the birth of his son Bryce Roy Engleman. Rick was a fisherman to his very core, and he cherished sharing his love of fishing with Bryce and his soulmate Michelle Militello.
Rick is survived by: wife Michelle Militello of Box Elder, mother Phyllis (Lee) Engleman of Cody, WY, stepson Kevin (Bridget) Militello of Box Elder, stepdaughter Madeleine (Richard) Tiger of Box Elder, granddaughters Kayla, Lily, Elizabeth, Kaydi, and Aubrey of Box Elder. Brothers Michael (Patty) Engleman of Buffalo, NY, and Tom (Sissy) Engleman of Corpis Christi, TX. Sisters June (Steve) Skinner of Meeteetse, WY, Myrna Eisenbraun of Exeter, MO, Toni Rahm of Fort Drum, NY, and Bobbi Kitchens of Gettysburg, SD. Special cousin Beverly Monday and long time friend Chick Lawrence. Along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by; son Bryce, father James, and brothers James and Henry Edwin.
Memorial services will be held on Monday November 24th at The Well Sanctuary at Shelter 50, 602 St. Andrew St. Rapid City. There will be a viewing from 1 to 5pm followed by a service and a late luncheon.

 

     
   
     

Gary M. Lindley

October 1, 1951 - November 20, 2014

 

Service to be held:

3:30pm Sunday November 23, 2014

 

Gary M. Lindley, 63, Newell, died, Thursday November 20, 2014, at Belle Fourche Healthcare.

Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Sunday November 23, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will follow at 3:30 pm at the Hope Cemetery in Newell with Pastor Sean Carney officiating.

Gary was born in Westbrook, Minnesota to October 1, 1951 to Alfred M. and Phyllis J (Peterson) Lindley. He played softball in school and graduated from Westbrook High School in 1969.

Gary was a Master Mason, working in Phoenix, Arizona for 6 years until moving to the Newell area about 30 years ago. He worked on the observatory at Mt. Rushmore, Main Street in Deadwood and also on the Highway in Gillette, WY among other major projects in the area. He was a lifelong outdoorsman, and especially loved hunting and fishing in the Black Hills Area, taking every opportunity to be outside enjoying nature.

He is survived by his son, Zane Lindley, Whitewood, Sister Judy (Jim) VanMaasdam, Gibbon, MN, brother Tom Lindley, Northome, MN, good friends Brett and Cathy Reller, St. Onge, one grandson Landon Lindley and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

 

     
   
     

Richard Henry Braaton

April 11, 1951 - November 14, 2014

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Friday November 21, 2014

 

Richard Henry Braaton, 63, Vale, died Friday, November 14, 2014, at his residence.

A time of remembrance will be held Friday, November 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Vale Community Center.

 

     
   
     

William "Bill" Dunbar

April 13, 1928 - November 14, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 10:00am

 

William "Bill" Dunbar, 86, Sturgis, and formerly of Dupree, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center following a long struggle with heart disease.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Bill was born in Faith, on April 13, 1928, to Lloyd and Daina (Higgins) Dunbar. After a couple of years of high school, Bill joined the Air Force in 1945. After serving his term he had numerous jobs, and in 1950 he found the love of his life, Doris Miller. Bill and Doris were married on April 13, 1950, in Rapid City in a church basement, with the preacher and his wife, a best man, and maid-of-honor. They went on a day trip to the Black Hills and then it was back to work. To this union five children were born, James "Jim" Dunbar, Sturgis, Vicky (Bernie) Fields, Sturgis, Debrah (Les) Starr, Sturgis, Bill Wayne (Jill) Dunbar, Mobridge, and Lora (John) Breth, Sturgis.
In 1954, Bill returned to the military, but this time with the Army. In his military career, he traveled extensively from Pole to Pole, all over Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Borneo, Wake Island, Fiji Island, American Samoa, Tahiti, Japan, Korea, Tasmania, and the Philippines. He spent four years in Taiwan, and three of those years his family was with him. He had two tours in Vietnam, four months in Greenland, and four years in Alaska with his family. It is hard to imagine how much of the world Bill saw, he was a world traveler.
Bill is survived by his children, two sisters, Jean Shupick, Sioux Falls, and Muriel Reid, Spearfish; four special sister-in-laws, Joan (Harold) Ross, Sturgis, Eileen Lewis, Belle Fourche, Joyce Collins, Spearfish, and Judy (JT) Stout, Dupree; thirteen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; grandson, Marcus Kindsfater, brother-in-laws, Steve Shupick, Chad Reid, Jerry Lewis, Bill Collins, Mick Jung; and sister-in-law, Jane Jung.
A special thanks goes to the family and friends for their love and support. Also, a big thanks to the home health team, all the nurses, doctors, and health care providers, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center for the exceptional care Bill received.
A memorial has been established to the Fort Meade VA Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Delbert Martin Eisenbraun

June 19, 1928 - November 12, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:00am

 

Delbert Martin Eisenbraun, 86, Sturgis, was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at the VA Hospice at Ft. Meade.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 18th, at 10:00am at The First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wall, SD. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis at 2:00pm.
He was born on June 19, 1928 to Herbert and Emma (Willuweit) Eisenbraun at Creighton, SD. As an infant he was brought to the Lord in Holy Baptism at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and later was confirmed in his faith, in Jesus, in German, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Creighton, SD. He attended the South Creighton School, and the Squaw Creek School for his elementary education. Delbert worked for several farmers in the Wall/Creighton area over the years. He joined the U. S. Army in 1951 and served his country overseas in Japan, until he was honorably discharged in 1953 as a Sergeant. Delbert married Darlene Renner on September 10th, 1956. They lived in Wyoming for a time, and after moving to Wall, they adopted two daughters, Shawn and Michelle. While living in Wall, Delbert worked for Wall Conoco, Wall Livestock Auction, and Wall Drug Auto Livery Stable. For many years he drove truck for Midwest Coast based out of Sioux Falls, SD. Later when he returned to live in Wall, he was a driver for the Wall School bus and the Pennington County Transit for Senior Citizens, which he really enjoyed. On July 20th, 1996, he married Karen K. Glass, in Wall, SD.
He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Shawn (Ray) Holt, Peoria, AZ and Michelle Red Earth of the Flandreau, SD area; two grandchildren, Lea, and Ezra; three great-grandchildren, Lyric, Midon, and Phoenix; his sisters, Annetta Geigle, Wall, SD, Esther (Guy, Sr.) Carsten, Rapid City, SD and Wanda (Steve) Goodrich, Rapid City; three brothers, Ivan Eisenbraun, Philip, SD, Paul (Kathy) Eisenbraun, Columbus, IN, and Andrew (Linda) Eisenbraun, Rapid City, SD; and also by Karen's children, John (Kim) Lass, Sioux Falls, SD, and Cindy (Robert) Dennis, Red Owl, SD and by a host of other relatives and friends.
Those preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Karen in October 2013; sister, Betty Helms; a grandson, Matthew; and brothers, Lester Eisenbraun and Herbert Eisenbraun, Jr.; and three brothers-in-law.

 

     
   
     

Judy E. Tishmack

October 7, 1953 - November 10, 2014

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Friday November 14, 2014

 

Judy Elaine Tishmack, 61, Newell, died Monday, November 10, 2014, at her residence after a five year battle with cancer.
A rosary will be held at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell, Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. with Father Tyler Dennis and Monsignor Michael Woster officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Judy Elaine Grandpre was born October 7, 1953 to Delore and Eva (Nordeen) Grandpre in Elgin, ND. She attended grade school in Carson, ND, and high school in McIntosh, SD.
In 1971, she married Donald Tishmack. They lived in McIntosh while Don was in basic training. They later moved to Hampton, VA, for two years while Don was in the Army, and had a son, Jesse. After returning to SD, a daughter, Amanda, was born. They eventually settled in Newell, SD, where they lived for the past 40 years.
Judy worked for Belle Fourche Irrigation District and First Bank for 35 years. She served on the library board, Newell school foundation board and was a member and officer for the Altar Society at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Judy also thoroughly enjoyed quilting.
She is survived by her husband, Don; son, Jesse (Jerry) Tishmack, Van Alstyne, TX; daughter, Amanda (Troy) Herman, Rapid City, SD; three grandchildren, Mason Herman, Korbin Herman and Kristen Donaho; one sister, Dee Huston, Twin Falls, ID; and two brothers, Ron (Sharon) Grandpre, Moses Lake, WA, and Carrol (Dawne) Grandpre, Rapid City, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Delore and Eva.

 

     
   
     

Mary E. Hayford

January 26, 1927 - November 5, 2014

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday November 10, 2014

 

Mary Ella Hayford was born January 26th 1927 in Hermosa SD to Eddie Lee and Mary Ellen (Lobdell) Couch. She grew up around the Rapid City area until 1941 when they moved to Milboro, SD. She attended a rural school in Winner South Dakota and finished her senior year in Dupree SD in 1945. While in Dupree she helped work on the family farm with her father. She moved to Rapid City to attend the National School of Business, where she graduated in December 1946.

She married Nathan Orville Raymond Hayford on January 23rd 1947 in Rapid City SD. Mary and Nathan lived mainly in the Black HIlls except for the 2 years they lived in Milboro. Since 1949 Mary and Nathan have lived in Sturgis where they raised their family. In 2004 Mary moved to Austell GA with Janice Casteel, then returning to Sturgis 2 years later, to live out her final years.

She is survived by her children Raymond (Carol) Hayford of Hoschton GA, Janice Casteel of Sturgis, Marilyn (Leon) Coolley of Spearfish, Dale (Syd) Hayford of Spearfish, and Debbie Hayford and special friend John Purdy of Hiram Ga, 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, 2 sisters Jean Edwards and Faye Applegate and one brother, Basil Couch.

She was preceeded in death by her parents Eddie and Mary Hayford,husband Nathan, brothers Earl and Vernley Couch, 6 sisters, Verna, Vera, Lois, Hazel, Lorraine, and Ruby, 2 daughters Judy Harkness and Betty Lou Hayford and one great grandson Joshua Laird.

Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Sunday.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, November 10, 2014 at the Lifespring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy Agnes Price

May 5, 1928 - November 2, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Dorothy Agnes (Eaton) Price, died at the Crook County Nursing Home in Sundance, WY, on November 2, 2014, after a lingering illness with Alzheimer's.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014, at 10:00 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to service. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.
Dorothy was born at her home near Redelm, SD, on May 5, 1928. She attended grade school at Redelm and graduated from Faith High School in1946. Dorothy attended one year of Teachers College at Spearfish and taught school one year near Hereford. She married Neal Dow and they were the parents of two sons, Arthur (Duffy) and Steve. They lived near Newell before moving to Black Hawk in the early 60's. Dorothy made her living driving a school bus for many years for different school districts. Dorothy survived the Rapid City Flood in June of 1972.
She met the love of her life, Jerry Price, and on April 27, 1974, they were married in Box Elder, SD. Their first home was in Sturgis, SD before moving to Gillette, WY, later moving to Rozet, WY. They purchased a camper and traveled to various areas for Jerry's work. After retirement in 2004, the couple moved to Bensen, AZ, and enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends eventually moving to Newcastle, WY, to be near her son, Duffy.
Dorothy enjoyed making quilts, crocheting, and working in her flower gardens. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry; sons, Duffy, Newcastle, WY, and Steve, Sheridan, WY; two step-daughters, Shelley Flores, Richmond, WA, and Karlene Price, Lewiston, IA; eleven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Loretta Eaton; brothers, Wesley and Robert; and a sister, Shirley.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy M. Ramsay

December 14, 1917 - October 31, 2014

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Saturday November 8, 2014

 



Dorothy Mae Ramsay, 96, Sturgis, died Friday October 31, 2014 at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center.

Committal services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Pine Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Rapid City.

Dorothy was born at Newell, SD, December 14, 1917, to Albert and Josephine (Young) Healey. She grew up and attended school in the Newell/ Vale area.

On April 19, 1946, she married Ora Ramsay at Broadus, MT. They lived in Rapid City until 1950, when they moved to Newell where they farmed until 1975. They moved to the Sturgis area where she lived until her death.

Dorothy enjoyed her friends, going to coffee and out to eat. She enjoyed working in her yard and Daniel O’Donnell; both his looks and his music. She also like working “Find A Word” puzzle books, playing solitaire and watching T.V.

Dorothy loved being a nanny to Renae, Bo and JoDee Fowlkes as well as Paul, Luke and Sam Erfman.

Survivors include her two daughters, Crystal Lambert, Tampa, FL, and Gloria Gantt, Hickory, NC; four grandchildren and four great granddaughters. She is also survived by sisters in law, Thelma Healey, Rapid City, SD, Marge Healey-Sherman, Oregon, Charlene Healey, California; also several nieces and nephews and special friends, Chuck and Ula Fowlkes and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two infant sons, four brothers and four sisters.

 

     
   
     

Bernard Chris Stoltz

September 21, 1918 - October 24, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Bernard C. "Barney" Stoltz was born September 21, 1918, at Zell, SD, to John & Catherine (Jandel) Stoltz. His parents passed when he was a very young boy so he was raised by his Aunt and Uncle, Joe and Lizzy Puettman. He attended Catholic school with his sister, Lucy.
He worked at Homestake Gold Mine from 1944 to 1949. Then he worked mostly heavy equipment construction.
He met his wife of 62 years, Clara Vandenberg, in Strool, SD. They were married on August 8, 1943, in De Smet, SD. They had 3 children, Leotta (Lee) Eileen, Douglas Bernard, and Bernita Gayle. Barney had 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grand-children, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Barney didn't like going to see the Doctor. He wouldn't go unless Clara forced him to go or it was absolutely necessary. He didn't find out until he was in his early 90's that he had only one kidney. The Doctor told him he was born that way.
When working on road construction, they traveled all over the U.S. They had a good time moving from construction site to construction site. They were always playing pranks on each other. They would sneak out at night and switch all the stair cases at the mobile home parks that they stayed at. People got a rude awakening each morning when they tried to leave their homes for work. Either their door wouldn't open because the stairs were too high or they about fell because the stairs were a lot shorter than their original stairs. Oh, what fun!
He loved playing practical jokes on people. Whenever he went to visit it someone, if they were not home he would stack whatever he could find around the outside of the house in front of their doorways so they couldn't get in the door. It was kind of his calling card.
One day his neighbor, Lucy, asked him to run to Lynn's to buy some eggs that were on sale. He did what she asked but when he got back he decided he would play a prank. He took the egg carton over to Lucy and handed it to her. She looked at the carton and said these weren't the ones on sale. Barney told her that they were out of stock (which they weren't). The carton he handed her was a little bit heavier than a normal egg carton but she didn't say anything. Barney told her that she best check the eggs to make sure that there weren't any broken ones. When she opened the carton, she was very surprised to find it filled with rocks instead of the eggs. Lucy laughed and so did Barney. I think she called him an old fart. He laughed and thought he was pretty funny!
He loved spending time with his grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren. He taught Lee's two oldest girls, Linda and Laurna, how to go snipe hunting. He decided to do this on one of the coldest fall evenings. They had their sacks and flash lights and told them to stay quiet and they should catch one. He even promised them some money if they caught one. Barney had left them out there for about half hour. He felt bad that he was playing a joke on them and went and told them it was time to come in. Laurna cried because she hadn't caught one yet and she didn't want to quit. Oh, the good old days!
He also loved it if one of the grandkids would comb and play with his hair. Sometimes he looked kind of funny with barrettes and hair ribbons in his hair. But he loved it!
He loved fishing. He taught most of the grand kids how to fish. He also loved gardening. He said tomatoes were the best. He loved watching TV. Hee Haw, Gunsmoke, and any movie with John Wayne were some of his favorites.
But I think his most favorite past time was playing cards. He and Clara would play cribbage for hours. His favorite game was a card gamed played with 65 cents. If you happen to go out and take one of his nickels, he'd make such a fuss you'd think you took his life savings (teasingly of course). You couldn't leave Barney's house unless you played a game of 65.
He was also known for the 6 or 7 candy dishes on his coffee table, always filled with his favorites. Needless to say, all the grandkids loved coming to grandpa's, because they all knew they could have candy out of grandpa's candy dishes.
He will be remembered for his love of his family and friends and for his quick sense of humor.
Barney, 96, Sturgis, died Friday, October 24, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; oldest daughter, Leotta (Lee); two brothers, Frank and Colonel; and three sisters, Anne, Lucy, and Mary.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday morning from 8:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral chapel. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Prairie City Cemetery, Prairie City, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Ursa "Mavis" Symonds

January 28, 1931 - October 18, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00am

 

Mavis Symonds, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital, surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 12-8 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Mavis was born January 28, 1931 in Sturgis, S.D. to Harvey G. Fitzgerald and Stella W. (Green) Fitzgerald. She grew up and attended school in the Enning-Stoneville area.
Mavis married Robert (Bob) Symonds on April 19, 1946, in Broadus, Montana. To this union, three children were born: Marlene, Marilyn and Robert (Robby).
They ranched in various rural areas in South Dakota until 1955, when they moved to Sturgis. She helped Bob with his construction business for many years. In 1966, they moved to Longmont, Colorado and she worked for IBM. In 1971, they moved back to Sturgis. In 1975, they opened the Sturgis Rent-All. Mavis’ favorite job was as a rural mail route carrier for several years in the Sturgis area. In 1981, they retired and enjoyed camping as well as spending time with their grandchildren.
Mavis loved to crochet and make quilts. We will never forget the twinkle in her eyes when a new baby was on the way and she could make another baby quilt. She was also a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Mavis is survived by her daughters, Marlene Albertson, Sturgis, Marilyn (Dick) Sass, Wheatland, WY; one son, Robby (Robin) Symonds, Sturgis; 8 grandchildren, Todd Dow, Travis Sass, Tracy Sass, Kody Spaulding, Kacee Spaulding, BJ Laymon, Rhonda Fairbanks, and Ryan Symonds; one brother, Harvey Fitzgerald, Sturgis; one sister, Audrae (Don) Howard, Sturgis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was